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

Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Hinde was first found in Britina. It was a name for a person who was gentle or timid. The name Hinde is derived from the Old and Old English word hind, which refers to a female deer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hinde are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hinde include Hind, Hinde, Hynd, Hynde, Hynds, Hinds and others.

First found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinde research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1557 is included under the topic Early Hinde History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Hinde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 160 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hinde, or a variant listed above:

Hinde Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Hinde settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Margaret Hinde, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Hinde, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • James Hinde settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Eliz Hinde, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Hinde Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Hinde, who landed in South Carolina in 1771


  • Thomas Spottswood Hinde (1785-1846), American newspaper editor, abolitionist, author, historian, real estate investor who founded the city of Mount Carmel, Illinois
  • Charles T. Hinde (1832-1915), American industrialist, tycoon, riverboat captain, businessman, and entrepreneur, son of Thomas Spottswood Hinde
  • Dr. Thomas Hinde (1737-1828), English member of the British Royal Navy, an American Revolutionary, personal physician to Patrick Henry, and treated General Wolfe when he died in Quebec, Canada, Northern Kentucky's first physician
  • Harry H. Hinde (1865-1942), American politician, a Missouri State Representative
  • Edmund C. Hinde (1830-1909), American gold miner and laborer, son of Thomas Spottswood Hinde
  • John Wilfrid Hinde (1916-1997), English photographer
  • Robert Hinde (b. 1923), British zoologist and academic, Master of St John's College, Cambridge (1989-1994)
  • John Hinde Ph.D., Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics, National University of Ireland
  • Chris Hinde Ph.D., British Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University
  • Rosalind Hinde Ph.D., Australian Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney




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The Hinde Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hinde 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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