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English: topographic name for someone living on (and farming) a
hide of land, Old English hi(gi)d. This was a variable
measure of land, differing from place to place and time to time, and
seems from the etymology to have been originally fixed as the amount
necessary to support one (extended) family (Old English
higan, hiwan ‘household’). In some cases the
surname is habitational, from any of the many minor places named with
this word, as for example Hyde in Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire,
and Hampshire. The surname has long been established in