The earliest origins of the name Ayn date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name is derived from the baptismal name for Haine.
As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Ayn family
The surname Ayn was first found in Lincolnshire
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.
Early History of the Ayn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ayn research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1594, 1653, 1693 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Ayn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ayn Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ayn include Haines, Hains, Hain, Haine, Haynes, Hainson and others.
Early Notables of the Ayn family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Haynes (sometimes spelled Haines) (1594-1653), English colonial magistrate from Messing Essex
, one of the founders of the Connecticut Colony, he was on the committee that drafted the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, often referred to as one of the first... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ayn family to Ireland
Some of the Ayn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ayn family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ayn or a variant listed above: John Haine, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Henry Hains in Virginia in 1638; Richard Hains and his wife Anne settled in Virginia in 1643; Robert Hains in Virginia in 1646.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ayn (post 1700)
- Ayn Rand (1905-1982), born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, Russian-born, American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter