Meaning and Origin of: Hayden

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Hay field

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish : reduced form of O’Hayden, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín ‘descendant of Éideán’ or ‘descendant ofÉidín’, personal names apparently from a diminutive oféideadh ‘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 : seeHeiden.