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Hayden Name Meaning

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 heg ‘hay’ + denu ‘valley’. Others, for example in Dorset, Hertfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, get the name from Old English heg ‘hay’ (or perhaps hege ‘hedge’ or (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’) + dun ‘hill’. Jewish: see Heiden.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Harden, Hyden, Hadden, Gayden, Marden, Haddon, Hedden, Hyde, Hayer

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Where is the Hayden family from?

You can see how Hayden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hayden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hayden families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 235 Hayden families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Hayden's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hayden families in 1911.
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What did your Hayden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Hayden. 42% of Hayden men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Hayden women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hayden were Carpenter and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    42%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Painter
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Hayden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Hayden. For the veterans among your Hayden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hayden lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hayden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hayden in 1940 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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