The name Hedd is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived near a hill or near the source of a stream or the head of a valley. The name was originally derived from the Old English heafod,
which meant head.
The surname Hedd belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. Hedd may have also been a nickname
given to someone with a large head or with some other peculiarity of the head.
Early Origins of the Hedd family
The surname Hedd was first found in Norfolk
, but we must look to Nottinghamshire
to find the first listing of the name, Thomas del Heved who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The same roll has lists the spelling as Hedde and the old Anglo-Saxon
spelling Heved. (BP)
Early History of the Hedd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedd research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1737, 1609, 1689, 1667, 1679, 1637 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Hedd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hedd Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hedd are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hedd include: Head, Heade, Heads, Heed and others.
Early Notables of the Hedd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hedd family to Ireland
Some of the Hedd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hedd family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hedd or a variant listed above: James Head who settled in Virginia in 1636; followed by Grace Head in 1654; and Mary Head in 1670; and later John Head settled there in 1774; William Head settled in Maryland in 1774.