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Where did the Scottish Hinch family come from? What is the Scottish Hinch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hinch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hinch family history?

The Hinch family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in one of several places named Inch in the counties of Angus and Perth. The surname Hinch belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The form Hinch grew in popularity after the 16th century.


Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Hinch has been spelled Hinch, Inch, Inches and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinch research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500 and 1396 are included under the topic Early Hinch History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hinch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Hinch:

Hinch Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathew Hinch, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • John Hinch, his wife Marjorie and son William who settled in Barbados in 1678
  • Daniel Hinch, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Hinch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Hinch settled in Philadelphia in 1774

Hinch Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • W Hinch, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Henry Hinch, who landed in Arkansas in 1879
  • George Hinch, aged 47, who settled in America from Sheffield, in 1892
  • Mary Hinch, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Sligo, in 1892
  • John Hinch, aged 23, who landed in America from Kilkenny, in 1893

Hinch Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Hinch, aged 55, who landed in America from Granard, Ireland, in 1900
  • Hermann Hinch, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Barsfleth, in 1903
  • Arthur E. Hinch, aged 40, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Edith B. Hinch, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Alan Hinch, aged 30, who settled in America from Slough, England, in 1912


  • Jane Hinch Ph.D.,, American Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University
  • Andrew Jay Hinch, American baseball player
  • Derryn Nigel Hinch (b. 1944), New Zealand-born, Australian media personality best known for his work on Melbourne radio
  • Scott G Hinch Ph.D.,, Canadian Professor in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia
  • Ronald Hinch Ph.D.,, Canadian Founding Dean of the Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology


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The Hinch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hinch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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