The ancient roots of the Heighdyn family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Heighdyn comes from when the family lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements called Heydon were found in Dorset
, and Wiltshire
. Cambridge and Norfolk
both had places called Heydon, and Haydon Bridge was in Northumberland
. The surname Heighdyn 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 Heighdyn family
The surname Heighdyn was first found in Norfolk
, where Sir Thomas de Heydon (circa 1185-1250) was on record as a judge, who was given the office of "Justice of Eyre," under a provision in the Magna Carta. His son William de Heydon, remained in Norfolk, continuing the line that obtained estates at Heydon and Baconsthorpe. A younger son of Sir Thomas, Johannes (John) de Heydon settled in Devon
in the 13th century beginning a well known Devon
branch of this family name.
Early History of the Heighdyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heighdyn research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1583, 1583, 1629, 1667 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Heighdyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heighdyn 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 Heighdyn has appeared include Hayden, Haydon and others.
Early Notables of the Heighdyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighdyn family to Ireland
Some of the Heighdyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 Heighdyn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Heighdyn arrived in North America very early: John Hayden settled in New England
in 1630; another John settled in Virginia in 1670; Samuel Hayden settled in New England
in 1666; Thomas Hayden settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Heighdyn Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ferme en foy
Motto Translation: Strong in faith.