The Hepdin surname is thought to be derived from one of several place names in West Yorkshire
. The place names come from the Old English "heope," or "(rose) hip," and "denu," which meant "valley."
Early Origins of the Hepdin family
The surname Hepdin was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times. In 1120 the manor of Hebden was granted by Roger de Mowbray to Uctred de Hebden, who was a descendant of Uctred, Earl of Northumberland.
Early History of the Hepdin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hepdin research.Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1612 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Hepdin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hepdin Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hepdin has been spelled many different ways, including Hebden, Hebdon, Heberden, Hepden, Habton, Habdon, Hibdon, Hibden, Ebdon and many more.
Early Notables of the Hepdin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hepdin family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hepdins to arrive in North America: John Ebden who settled in Barbados in 1670; Thomas Ebdon settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716; Thomas Hebden settled in Virginia in 1634; John Hebden settled in Virginia in 1651..
The Hepdin 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: Re e merito
Motto Translation: This through merit.