Origin of hede
- From Middle English hede, from Old English *hǣdu, feminine form of Old English hād (“person, individual, character, individuality; degree, rank, order, office; condition, state, nature, form, manner; sex; race, family, tribe; choir”), from Proto-Germanic *haiduz (“appearance, kind”). Cognate with Middle High German heit (“person, order, rank”), Gothic [script?] (haidus, “manner, way”). More at hade.