Chinn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Chinn family

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

Early History of the Chinn family

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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.

Early Notables of the Chinn family (pre 1700)

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United States Chinn migration to the United States +

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]

Australia Chinn migration to Australia +

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

Chinn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Chinn, Welsh convict who was convicted in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Chinn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [3]
  • Sarah Chinn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [3]
  • Thomas Chinn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [3]
  • William Chinn, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

New Zealand Chinn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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

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
  • Clement Chinn, American banker
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles Leslie Chinn, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [4]

Suggested Readings for the name Chinn +

  • 4906 "The Chinn Book" Ruth Wilson Dillon.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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