The English surname Head, also found in Ireland, is derived from the Middle English term heved “head,” applied as a nickname for someone with some peculiarity or disproportion of the head, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a hill or at the head of a stream or valley. The first record of the name is in 1166 when Ralph Heued is registered in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk." Additional early references include Thomas del Heved (Nottinghamshire, 1275); Roger Byheved (Cheshire, 1285) and Walter Othehede (Derbyshire, 1331). A notable bearer of the name was Anthony Head (1906-1983) the British soldier, Conservative politician and diplomat.
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