Show ContentsHeydon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Heydon family

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.

Edmund of Hadenham (fl. 1307), the early English chronicler, "was a monk of Rochester, to whom is ascribed, on the authority of William Lambard, the Kentish topographer, a historical work preserved in the Cottonian Library (Nero, D. II.) in the British Museum. This manuscript, according to Wharton, contains a chronicle in one handwriting down to 1307, which is a copy of Matthew of Westminster, excepting that it contains a number of interspersed notices relating to the history of Rochester. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Richard de Haydon, or Heydon, Yorkshire; John de Haydon, Somerset; and Agnes de Heydone, Oxfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Heydon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heydon research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1280, 1303, 1327, 1479, 1503, 1574, 1583, 1586, 1623, 1629, 1651, 1653, 1656, 1658, 1667, 1669, 1723 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Heydon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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, Hadenham and others.

Early Notables of the Heydon family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • John Haidon (d. 1583) Sheriff of London; John Heydon (1629-c. 1667), English philosopher and Rosicrucian (a legendary and secretive Order); as well as Sir John Heydon, English, Governor of Bermuda in...
  • Sir Henry Heydon (d. 1503), was a country gentleman, belonged to an old family seated at Heydon in Norfolk. As early as the thirteenth century one of the family resided in Norfolk, and the principal b...
  • Sir Christopher Heydon (d. 1623), was an English writer on astrology, eldest son of Sir William Heydon, knt., of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, and descended from Sir Henry Heydon [q. v.], was educated at Cam...
  • Sir John Heydon (d. 1653), was an English military commander and mathematician, the second son of Sir Christopher Heydon [q. v.] [1]
  • John Heydon (fl. 1667), was an astrologer and attorney, son of Francis Heydon of Sidmouth in Devonshire, by Mary Chandler of Worcestershire, was born at his father's house in Green Arbour, London, 10...

Ireland Migration of the Heydon family to Ireland

Some of the Heydon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Heydon migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Francis Heydon, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [3]
  • Mary Heydon, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [3]
  • Penelope Heydon, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [3]
  • Tomasin Heydon, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [3]
Heydon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Melcher Heydon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [3]
Heydon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Ebenezer Heydon, (b. 1890), aged 11, American settler returning from Liskeard, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 18th September 1901 en route to Pennsylvania, USA [4]
  • Miss Eliza Ellen Heydon, (b. 1885), aged 16, American settler returning from Liskeard, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 18th September 1901 en route to Pennsylvania, USA [4]
  • Mrs. Melinda Heydon, (b. 1861), aged 40, American house wife returning from Liskeard, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 18th September 1901 en route to Pennsylvania, USA [4]

Australia Heydon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heydon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Heydon, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 28th July 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Anne Heydon, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [6]
  • Anne Heydon, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • William Heydon, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [7]

West Indies Heydon migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Heydon Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • John Heydon, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1752 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heydon (post 1700) +

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

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Cyril Heydon, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [9]

The Heydon 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.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd March 2022). Retrieved from
  6. South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved
  7. South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved
  9. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook