Hayden comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hay valley” or “hay hill” derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and either denu (valley) or dun (hill). Hayden is also an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín meaning “descendant of Éideán”, the latter a diminutive of Irish éideadh meaning “clothes, armor, dress, garb”. Hayden could also be an anglicized form of Heiden, a German surname meaning “heathen, pagan” and also “heath, heathland”.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic, Germanic
- Haydn (English, German)