The ancestors of the bearers of the Heddyn family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the village of Haddon which was in a number of places including Derbyshire
. There is also a place called Hadden Hill in the county of Stafford. This place-name was originally derived from two Old English words Haeth, which means a heath, and dun which literally means a hill. Therefore the original bearers of the surname Heddyn resided near or on a heather-covered hill.
Early Origins of the Heddyn family
The surname Heddyn was first found in Derbyshire
, at either Nether Haddon or Over Haddon, both small villages. Looking back further, we found William Hadon listed in Normandy
, France in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180.) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye at Bakewell, Derbyshire
that dates back to the 11th century when William Peverel, illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, held the manor of Nether Haddon in 1087.
Early History of the Heddyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heddyn research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1556, 1515, 1572, 1680, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Heddyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heddyn 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 Heddyn include Haddon, Hadden, Haddan, Haddin and others.
Early Notables of the Heddyn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include James Haddon ( fl.
1556), an English reforming divine and his brother, Walter Haddon LL.D. (1515-1572), an English civil lawyer, much involved in church and university affairs under Edward... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heddyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heddyn family to Ireland
Some of the Heddyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Heddyn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Heddyn or a variant listed above: James Hadden in Maryland in 1697 and later moved to Virginia; John Haddin arrived in Philadelphia in 1848; John and Margaret Haddon settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.