Heydent is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Heydent family once 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 Heydent 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 Heydent family
The surname Heydent 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 Heydent family
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Heydent Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heydent family name include Hayden, Haydon and others.
Early Notables of the Heydent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heydent family to Ireland
Some of the Heydent 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 Heydent family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heydent surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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 Heydent 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.