The ancient history of the Hedyn name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Headon, which is in the diocese of Southwell in Nottinghamshire
, or in the parish of Hedon, which is in the diocese of York in Yorkshire
. The surname Hedyn belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Hedyn family
The surname Hedyn was first found in Nottinghamshire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hedyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedyn research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1690 and 1st. are included under the topic Early Hedyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hedyn 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 Hedyn include Heading, Headen, Headon, Hedding, Heddon, Hedon, Hedin, Hedden and many more.
Early Notables of the Hedyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hedyn family to Ireland
Some of the Hedyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 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 Hedyn 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 Hedyn or a variant listed above: Sarah Heading, who sailed to Barbados in 1659; Richard Hedon to New England
in 1684; William Heddon to Georgia in 1753; E. Hedding to New York at the age of 70 in 1823.