Hayden Family History
Hayden Name Meaning
Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉideáin ‘descendant of Éideán’ and Ó hÉidín ‘descendant of Éidín’ personal names apparently from a diminutive of éideadh ‘clothes armor’. There was also a Norman family bearing the English name (see 2 below) living in County Wexford. Alternative spellings include Hadden . English: habitational name from any of various places called Haydon (Dorset Wiltshire Somerset Gloucestershire) Heydon (Cambridgeshire Norfolk) or Hayden (Gloucestershire Oxfordshire). Most of the placenames derive from Old English hēg ‘hay’ or (ge)hæg ‘fence enclosure’ + dūn ‘hill’ though the Cambridgeshire placename has Old English denu ‘valley’ as the final element. Jewish: variant of Heiden .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022