Heiden Family History
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Heiden Name Meaning
German: habitational name from any of several places so named, for example in Westphalia and Switzerland. German: nickname from Middle High German heiden ‘heathen’, Old High German heidano, apparently a derivative of heida ‘heath’, modeled on Latin paganus (see Pain 1). The nickname was sometimes used to refer to a Christian knight who had been on a Crusade to fight in the Holy Land. Jewish (Ashkenazic): of uncertain origin; possibly a shortened form of any of various ornamental names formed with German Heide- ‘heath’, for example Heidenberg, Heidenkorn, Heidenkrug, Heidenwurzel. English: variant spelling of Hayden. Dutch: shortened form of vanderHeiden.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press