Hejduk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hejduk is derived ultimately from the Hungarian word "hajto," which meant "drover" (a herder of cattle). In Poland, the term was used for the armed retainer of a nobleman, or a Hungarian foot soldier.

Early Origins of the Hejduk family

The surname Hejduk was first found in Galicia which lies in southern Poland on the northern slopes of the Carpathians. It was overrun by Monguls in 1223. The region is composed of Polish and Ukrainian natives, the latter being to the east. The Ruthenian nobles adopted the Catholic faith and the Polish tongue. The surname became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region.

Early History of the Hejduk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hejduk research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1580 is included under the topic Early Hejduk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hejduk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hejduk, Hejdel, Hejdukiewicz, Hajduk and others.

Early Notables of the Hejduk family (pre 1700)

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United States Hejduk migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hejduk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Hejduk who voyaged to Chicago in 1854
  • Barbara Hejduk who sailed to New York in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Hejduk (post 1700) +

  • Frankie Hejduk (b. 1974), American soccer player
  • Milan Hejduk (b. 1976), Czech, professional (NHL) ice hockey player

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