Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish: reduced form of O’Hayden, an Anglicized form of
Gaelic Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín
‘descendant of Éideán’ or ‘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.
- English: habitational name from any of various places
called Hayden or Haydon. The three examples of Haydon in
Northumberland are named from Old English hēg ‘hay’ +
denu ‘valley’. Others, for example in Dorset, Hertfordshire,
Somerset, and Wiltshire, get the name from Old English hēg
‘hay’ (or perhaps hege ‘hedge’ or (ge)hæg
‘enclosure’) + dūn ‘hill’.
- Jewish: see
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