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The ancestry of the name Heydon dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements called Heydon were found in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Cambridge and Norfolk both had places called Heydon, and Haydon Bridge was in Northumberland. The surname Heydon belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Heydon Early Origins



The surname Heydon 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.

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Heydon Spelling Variations


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Heydon Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heydon have been found, including Hayden, Haydon and others.

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Heydon Early History


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Heydon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heydon research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1583, 1583, 1629, 1667 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Heydon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heydon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heydon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heydon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heydon In Ireland


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Heydon In Ireland



Some of the Heydon 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Heydon, or a variant listed above:

Heydon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Heydon, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Francis Heydon, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Mary Heydon, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Penelope Heydon, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Tomasin Heydon, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Heydon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Melcher Heydon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • John Heydon, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1752

Heydon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Heydon, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"
  • Anne Heydon, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • William Heydon, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heydon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heydon (post 1700)



  • John Dyson Heydon AC, QC (b. 1943), Justice of the High Court of Australia

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Heydon Historic Events


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Heydon Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Cyril Heydon, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    The Heydon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heydon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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