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The ancient roots of the Chinn family are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Chinn 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."

Chinn Early Origins



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

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Chinn Spelling Variations


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Chinn Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Chinn has been recorded under many different variations, including Ching, Chinn, Chine, Chynne, Shin, Shinn, Attechine and many more.

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Chinn Early History


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Chinn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chinn research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1273, 1275, 1803, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Chinn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chinn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chinn Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chinn or a variant listed above:

Chinn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Chinn who arrived in New York in 1798

Chinn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Chinn, who landed in New York in 1829

Chinn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Chinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Sarah Chinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Thomas Chinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • William Chinn, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Chinn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Chinn, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chinn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chinn (post 1700)



  • Peter Chinn, American award winning director, known for How the Earth Was Made (2007), In the Womb: Extreme Animals (2009) and Nova (1974)
  • Casey P. Chinn, American award winning editor
  • Jonathan Chinn, American Primetime Emmy Award winning producer, known for American High (2000), Kid Nation (2007) and 30 Days (2005)
  • Simon Chinn, American two-time Academy Award winning producer, known for his work on Searching for Sugar Man (2012), Man on Wire (2008) and The Imposter
  • Jeanne Chinn, American actress, known for her work on Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Shopping for Fangs (1997) and Fat Albert (2004)
  • Laura Chinn, American actress, known for Warrior (2011), The Adjustment Bureau and Fairly Criminal (2010)
  • Joseph W. Chinn (1866-1936), American jurist, judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Virginia
  • Joseph William Chinn (1798-1840), American politician and lawyer, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1831-1833) and (1833-1835)
  • Howard Allen Chinn (b. 1906), American broadcasting engineer, Chief audio engineer at Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) beginning in the 1940s, awarded the John H. Potts Award in 1950 and the NAB Engineering Achievement Award in 1968
  • A. R. Chinn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Chinn Historic Events


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Chinn Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Charles Leslie Chinn, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Chinn


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Suggested Readings for the name Chinn



  • The Chinn Book Ruth Wilson Dillon.

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Chinn Family Crest Products


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Chinn Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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