Chin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Chin family are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Chin comes from when the family lived near a crevice, chasm, or canyon. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word chine, that comes from the Old English word "cinu," meaning fissure, or chasm. The surname meant "dweller by the ravine."

Early Origins of the Chin family

The surname Chin was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Chin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chin research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1273, 1275, 1803, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Chin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ching, Chinn, Chine, Chynne, Shin, Shinn, Attechine and many more.

Early Notables of the Chin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Chin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chin World Ranking

In the United States, the name Chin is the 1,746th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Chin is ranked the 963rd most popular surname with an estimated 5,601 people with that name. [2] And in New Zealand, the name Chin is the 785th popular surname with an estimated 930 people with that name. [3]


United States Chin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Chin, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [4]

Australia Chin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Chin, (b. 1819), aged 66, Cornish domestic servant travelling aboard the ship "SS Aberdeen" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th April 1885 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chin (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Chin, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, during World War II, credited with 8½ aerial victories
  • William Chin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1964 [6]
  • Richard Chin, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 7th District, 1966-71 [6]
  • Lisa A. Chin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [6]
  • Helen Chin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000, 2004 [6]
  • Ginny Chin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000 [6]
  • Frank F. Chin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996 [6]
  • Chung Chin Chen, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004 [7]

Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Frederick Chin (b. 1856), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [8]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20120603025705/http://www.crosskeys.me.uk/history/prince.htm


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