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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Hinton surname lived in the parish of Hinton in the diocese of Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford, Peterborough, Bath and Wells.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hinton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hinton include: Hinton, Hynton, Hintone and others.

First found in Cumberland 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 Hinton research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hinton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hinton or a variant listed above:

Hinton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth, Elias, Joane, John Hinton all settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Elizabeth Hinton, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Ellias Hinton, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Joane Hinton, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • John Hinton, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624

Hinton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Saml Hinton, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • William Hinton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717-1718
  • Adam Hinton, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1747
  • James Hinton settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Timothy and William Hinton settled in New England in 1774

Hinton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hinton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • David Hinton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Brian Hinton MBE (b. 1950), English poet and musicologist
  • Alan Thomas Hinton (b. 1942), English former footballer
  • Marvin Hinton (b. 1940), English former footballer
  • Mr. Stephen William Hinton (d. 1912), aged 30, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Christopher Hinton OM, KBE, FRS, FREng (1901-1983), British nuclear engineer, and supervisor of the construction of Calder Hall, the world's first large-scale commercial nuclear power station
  • Howard Everest Hinton FRS (1912-1977), British Entomologist elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1961
  • Geoffrey Hinton (b. 1947), British born informatician most noted for his work on the mathematics and applications of neural networks
  • Sergeant John Daniel Hinton VC (1908-1997), New Zealand soldier awarded the Victoria cross during WWII
  • Martin Alister Campbell Hinton (1883-1961), British zoologist
  • Brigadier Frederick Brock Hinton (b. 1892), Australian Commanding Officer 1st Australian Amoured Brigade from 1941 to 1942


  • The Hintons of Nash and Johnston Counties, North Carolina by Judith Garner Hinton.
  • Hintan and Related Family History by George Washington Hinton.

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