Last name origins & meanings:
- 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,
- English: variant spelling of
- Dutch: shortened form of vanderHeiden.
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