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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Chinn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Chinn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]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, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Chinn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Chinn, aged 22, who 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)



  • Ron Chinn, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1996
  • Thomas Withers Chinn (1791-1852), American politician, Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1839-41
  • R. Hart Chinn, American politician, Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi, 1952-53
  • Leonora Chinn, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932
  • Joseph William Chinn (1866-1936), American Democrat politician, Richmond County Commonwealth Attorney, 1891-1915; Circuit Judge in Virginia 12th Circuit, 1915-31; Justice of Virginia State Supreme Court, 1931-36
  • Joseph William Chinn (1798-1840), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1826-28; Member of Virginia State Senate, 1829-31; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1831-35
  • John E. Chinn, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 2nd District, 1906
  • J. G. Chinn, American politician, Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, 1868
  • James P. Chinn, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 17th District, 1909-12
  • H. D. Chinn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1948
  • ... (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


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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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Citations


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Citations



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

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  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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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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