This interesting surname with variant spellings Hidey, Heddy, Heady, etc., is a topographical name for a dweller by the promontory or hill surrounded by streams, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century "heafod" meaning "head" plus "eg" "a piece of land situated between streams". The surname dates back to the mid 12th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Thomas del Heved (1275) "the Hundred Rolls of Nottinghamshire", and Byheved (1285) "the Assize Court Rolls of Cheshire", and Walter Othehede (1331) "Descriptive Catalogue of Derbyshire Charters". Church recordings of All Hallows, London Wall include John, son of George and Elizabeth Heady who was christened on September 2nd 1627, Mary, daughter of George and Elizabeth Heady was christened on August 19th 1629, and Sarah their daughter was christened on March 2nd 1634. One Daniel Heady (aged 24 yrs), together with his wife Catherine (aged 24 yrs) and their son Denis, were famine emigrants who sailed from Liverpool aboard the Yucatan bound for New York on July 22nd 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Heued, which was dated 1166, in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Heady — Head y (h[e^]d [y^]), a. [From {Head}.] 1. Willful; rash; precipitate; hurried on by will or passion; ungovernable. [1913 Webster] All the talent required is to be hot, to be heady, to be violent on one side or the other. Sir W. Temple. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heady — is a surname, and may refer to:* Brett Heady (born 1970), former Australian rules footballer * Ray E. Heady (1916 2002), American clergyman …   Wikipedia

  • heady — [hed′ē] adj. headier, headiest [ME hevedi: see HEAD & Y3] 1. impetuous; rash; willful 2. tending to affect the senses; intoxicating [heady wine] 3. having, showing, or using intelligence or good judgment …   English World dictionary

  • heady — index precipitate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • heady — late 14c., headstrong, hasty, impetuous, from HEAD (Cf. head) (n.) + adj. suffix Y (Cf. y) (2). First recorded 1570s in sense of apt to go to the head …   Etymology dictionary

  • heady — [adj] thrilling, intoxicating exciting, exhilarating, inebriating, overwhelming, potent, powerful, provocative, spirituous, stimulating, strong; concept 529 Ant. dull, unenthused, unexcited …   New thesaurus

  • heady — ► ADJECTIVE (headier, headiest) 1) (of alcohol) potent; intoxicating. 2) having a strong or exhilarating effect. DERIVATIVES headily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • heady — adjective (headier; est) Date: 14th century 1. a. willful, rash < heady opinions > b. violent, impetuous 2. a. tending to intoxicate or make giddy or elated < heady wine > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • heady — headily, adv. headiness, n. /hed ee/, adj., headier, headiest. 1. intoxicating: a heady wine. 2. affecting the mind or senses greatly: heady perfume. 3. exciting; exhilarating: the heady news of victory. 4. rashly impetuous: heady conduct …   Universalium

  • heady — adjective (usually before noun) 1 a heady smell, drink, etc is pleasantly strong and seems to affect your senses: a heady aroma | a heady combination of wine and brandy 2 very exciting in a way that makes you feel as if you can do anything you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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