Heighdeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Heighdeck family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Heighdeck comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Haydock in the parish of Winwick in Lancashire. The name, pronounced Haddock, 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 Heighdeck family
The surname Heighdeck was first found in Lancashire at Haydock, a township, in the parish of St. Thomas in Ashton-in-Makerfield, union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby. "The manor was held jointly by the families of Holland and Haydock, so long as the former had any estates in Lancashire. In the reign of Edward III., Gilbert de Eydock, or Haidoc, had a licence for imparking Haydock; and from this feudal proprietor descended Sir Gilbert de Haydock, whose daughter and heiress married Sir Peter Legh, of Lyme, ancestor of Thomas Legh, Esq., of Lyme Hall, Cheshire, the present lord of the manor and owner of the whole property. " 
Early rolls confirmed this early homestead for the family. The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed "Henry de Haydok, Lancashire, 20 Edward I" (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign.)  Gilbert de Eydock, or Haidoc; and Gilbert de Haydock, 1330, were listed 23 Edward III. 
The Lancashire Feet of Fines recorded Edmund de Haydok, 1339. 
"The Haydocks, who are most numerous in the Blackburn district, take their name from the township of Haydock. An old gentle family of this name held the manor of Hesandford or Pheasantford in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries; there were four generations of Simon Haydocks. James Haydock was a Liverpool bailiff in 1507; and there was a Sir Gilbert de Haydock of this county in the time of Henry V." 
Early History of the Heighdeck family
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Heighdeck Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Heighdeck has appeared include Haydock, Haddock, Hadock and others.
Early Notables of the Heighdeck family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Haydock (d. 1537), a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Whalley in Lancashire, a younger son of William Haydock of Cottam Hall, near Preston, Lancashire. 
Richard Haydock or Haddock (1552?-1605), was an English Roman Catholic divine, born about 1552, the second son of Vivian Haydock, Esq., of Cottam Hall, near Preston, Lancashire.
Richard Haydock (fl. 1605), was an English physician, born at Grewel in Hampshire. He was educated at Winchester College, and on 12 July 1588 matriculated at New College, Oxford, of which he was elected a fellow in 1590. 
Migration of the Heighdeck family to Ireland
Some of the Heighdeck family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Heighdeck family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Heighdeck arrived in North America very early: Henry Haddock who settled in New England in 1805; William Haddock settled in New England in 1740; Henry, James, and Joseph Haddock arrived in Philadelphia between 1805 and 1840..