Hadden Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Hadden Family History

Hadden Family History

The family history of the ancient name Hadden was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Hadden include Haddan, Haddon, Haddin, Howden, Hadian and many others. This is a name of locational origin and is taken from several places in England and Scotland, especially at Kelso, Derbyshire, Dorset, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire. The name is derived form old words that mean 'heather-hill' or 'heath-hill'. An early record of the name refers to a Ulkillus de Hauden who was a grant witness in Kelso about the year 1165. A Silvester Hadden of Kellor was recorded as being a witness at Forfar in the year 1514. An Alexander Haddin was recorded as having been in Edinburgh in the year 1696. An Ailwin de Haddun was recorded in the year 1159 in the 'Pipe Rolls' of London. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals.

In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.

Some Haddens in Ireland may be of the O'hEidin Gaelic sept of County Roscommon, who also anglicized their name as Hedian and Hadian.The Hadden family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Hadden descendants.

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