Hain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Hain family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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.

Alternatively, the name could have been a local name from Haynes or Hawnes, a parish, in the union of Ampthill, hundred of Flitt in Bedfordshire. [1] This parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was recorded as Hagenes. [2] It literally meant "the enclosures." [3] And another source claims the name is from Haisne near Arras, France. [4]

Early Origins of the Hain family

The surname Hain was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Hagene and Hagana were listed in Herefordshire and Norfolk respectively. [2]

From this early listing, the name evolved and was used as both a forename and surname as Hagena Jugement was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Suffolk in 1130. It was not until 1198 that we found the name as a surname: Rogerus filius Hane in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk. The same rolls, but for Staffordshire listed Hagan(us) in 1199 and later in Norfolk in 1240. Alicia filia Hahen was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk in 1202 which is very interesting as this would have been one of the first entries for a female or "daughter" to hold lands. [5]

Hugh de Haynes witnessed a charter of Payen de Beauchamp, founding Chicksand Priory, 12th century [4]

Adam filius Hayne was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Lancashire in 1332 and Peter Hain was found in the Pipe Rolls for Dorset in 1200. [5]

Somerset was an early homestead for the family as seen by the following early entries: Ralph Hayne; William Hayne; Alice Heynes; Walter Heynes; and Ade Heynes. All entries were 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [6]

The Yorkshire Poll Rolls of 1379 included: Adam Hauneson; Johannes Hayne; Robertus Haynson; and Thomas Hane as all holding lands there at that time. [7]

Early History of the Hain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hain research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1594, 1653, 1693, 1701, 1668, 1671, 1672 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Hain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hain have been found, including Haines, Hains, Hain, Haine, Haynes, Hainson and many more.

Early Notables of the Hain 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 written constitutions Hezekiah Haynes (died 1693), second son of John Haynes of Copford Hall in Essex, was a supporter of the parliamentary cause during the English Civil War Joseph "Jo" Haines (died 1701) sometimes called Count Haines, was a 17th-century actor, singer, dancer, guitar player, fortune teller, and author, member of the King's Company. "After...
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hain family to Ireland

Some of the Hain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hain migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hain, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Michael Hain, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Georg Michael Hain, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [8]
  • Henry Hain, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [8]
  • Job Hain, aged 32, who arrived in Maryland in 1775 [8]
Hain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hain, who landed in New York in 1834 [8]
  • Wilhelm Hain, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1849 [8]
  • Andr Hain, who arrived in America in 1850 [8]
  • Friedr Hain, who arrived in America in 1852 [8]
  • Jost Heinr Hain, who landed in America in 1852 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Hain, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773

New Zealand Hain 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:

Hain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hain, (b. 1845), aged 35, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1880 [9]
  • Mrs. Jessie Hain, (b. 1846), aged 34, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1880 [9]
  • Miss Christina Hain, (b. 1866), aged 14, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1880 [9]
  • Miss Catherine Hain, (b. 1868), aged 12, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1880 [9]
  • Mr. Alexander Hain, (b. 1871), aged 9, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1880 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hain (post 1700) +

  • Peg Hain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996 [10]
  • Joseph Hain, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 21st District, 1900, 1901 [10]
  • George Hain, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932 [10]
  • B. V. Hain (b. 1915), American politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1954- [10]
  • Richard M Hain, Professor of Mathematics at Duke University
  • Timothy C Hain MD, Professor of Neurology, Otolaryngology at Northwestern University Medical School
  • Karl Hain (b. 1917), court advisor and director of national treatment institutes in Bad Halle, Austria. Leopold Hainisch (b.1891) was a prominent Austrian film and television director whose work includes 8 films and 328 television programs


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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