Type Surname (from location)
Usage English (Rare)
Pronounced Pron. ID-En-Den [key]
Other Forms FormsIdenden,
Iden as a village name is to be found in both the counties of Kent and Sussex, and describes a pasture, or strictly speaking an area within a marsh suitable for pasture. The origination is the pre 6th century phrase ig-denn with ig meaning an island. We assume that Iddenden was from the same area of England and had much the same meaning except that the centre part was originally -ing meaning "people of".