Hadden Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Hadden Origin:

England, Scotland

Origins of Hadden:

The surname of Hadden is believed to be a locational surname from the country of England. Since the surname of Hadden is said to be locational, , this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Hadden, those who were recorded to bear the surname of Hadden originally hailed from the areas in the country of England that were named as such, or as Haddon. The word itself can be derived fro the Old English Pre 7th Century word of “hoeth” which can be translated to mean “heathland” and the addition of the suffix of “dun” which can be translated to mean “a hill.” Thus the surname of Hadden can be translated to mean “a heather covered hill.” It is also possible that the surname of Hadden is a topographical surname. . A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. In the case of the surname of Hadden, the original bearers of this surname could have lived or worked on or near a prominent heather covered hill in the village or town where they lived, thus being identified by the structure.


More common variations are: Haddon, Headden, Haydden, Haddena, Haidden, Haddeen, Haddene, Haddeon, Hoadden, Haden, Hayden, Hadwen, Haddin, Haden, Howden



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Hadden can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Ailwin de Haddun, who was mentioned and recorded in the document known as the Pipe Rolls of the city of London in the year of 1159. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Henry II of England, who was known throughout the ages, and commonly referred to as one “Henry Curtmanlte,” “Henry FitzEmpress” or “Henry Plantagenet.” King Henry II of England ruled from the year of 1154 to the year of 1189. Those who are known to bear the surname of Hadden within the country of England can be found in large concentrations in the areas of Derbyshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, and Dorset.

United States of America:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Hadden within the country of England was one Garrad Hadden, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Hadden: United States 7,321; England 1,705; Canada 844; Australia 628; Scotland 558; South Africa 365; Tunisia 198; Northern Ireland 179; Germany 134; Ireland 120; Jamaica 107; France 73; Wales 56

Notable People:

William L. Hadden (1896-1983) who served as the 67th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Connecticut from the year of 1943 to the year of 1945, and who was a politician from America.

Thomas “Tommy” Hadden (1840-1881) who was a saloon keeper from America, and who was also an underworld figure and criminal in New York City.

Susan G. Hadden (1945-1995) who served as a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and who was from America.

Jeffrey K. Hadden (1937-2003) who was a professor of sociology who began to teach at the University of Virginia in the year of 1972, and who was from America.

Harry Graydon “H. G.” Hadden (1874-1945) who was a football player and coach from America.

Briton Hadden (1898-1929) who was the co-founder of Time magazine with his classmate and peer from Yale University, Henry Luce, and who was also from America.

Al Haden (1899-1969) who was a professional football player from America.

Sidney “Sid” Hadden (1877-1934) who was a cricketer from the country of England.

Peter Hadden (1950-2010) who was a leading member of the Socialist Party in the country of Northern Ireland.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Lancrick). Motto—Suffer. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a saltire engr. sa.; 2nd ar. a saltire engr. betw. four roses gu.; 3rd, or, a bend chequy ar. and sa. in the centre over the quartering, a crescent ar. Crest—An eagle’s head erased or.
Motto—Animo et fide.
2) Ar. three roses gu. a chief of the last. Crest—An arm embowed brandishing a scymetar ppr.

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