Hident is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Hident comes from the Old Norman female personal name Idunn,
which is thought to be composed of the elements idja,
which means to work or perform,
which means to love.
While most surnames adapted from personal names descend through patronymic
lineage, the name Iddon is a relatively rare case of a metronymic name. While patronymic lineage was traditional in Norman society, in cases such as when a man had a second family and wished to distinguish between the two groups the children may have adopted the name of the mother.
Early Origins of the Hident family
The surname Hident was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Iden. The village of Iden appeared in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census taken by Duke William of Normandy
in 1086 after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D. At this time the village was held by Geoffrey and Leofwin from the Count of Eu, the tenant-in-chief. Conjecturally this family name is descended from one of those Norman nobles. The village, originally spelt 'Idene' is the name of a Norse goddess. From about the 16th century the name was more popularly spelt Iddon.
Early History of the Hident family
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Hident Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hident include Iddon, Idon, Iden, Idens, Iddin, Iddins, Hidden and many more.
Early Notables of the Hident family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hident family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Hidents to arrive on North American shores: E. Hidden who settled in New York State in 1823; Sarah Hiden settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764; Frederick Iddins settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1837.