Heddle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Heddle family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found 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 Heddle 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. Heddle 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 Heddle family
The surname Heddle 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.  The same roll has lists the spelling as Hedde and the old Anglo-Saxon spelling Heved. (BP)
Early History of the Heddle family
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Heddle Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Heddle include Head, Heade, Heads, Heed and others.
Early Notables of the Heddle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heddle family to Ireland
Some of the Heddle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heddle or a variant listed above:
Heddle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Heddle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century