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Where did the English Hinchcliff family come from? What is the English Hinchcliff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hinchcliff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hinchcliff family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Hinchcliff comes from the family having resided at Hinchcliff, now named Hinchliffe Mill, a spot in the township of Austonley, close to Holmtorth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was derived from the Old English phrase "henge-clif" meaning "steep cliff." Some of the first records of the name include: John de Hengeclif who was listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor or Wakefield in 1324; Agnes de Hingeclif who was listed in the same reference but a few years later in 1327. The Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379 list: Johannes de Hyncheclyff: Willelmus de Hynchecliff; and Ricardus de Hynchecliff.
Hinchcliff has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hinchcliffe, Hinchliffe, Hinchcliff, Hincliffe, Henchcliff and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinchcliff research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1170 is included under the topic Early Hinchcliff History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hinchcliffs to arrive on North American shores:
Hinchcliff Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hinchcliff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hinchcliff 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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