The surname Hainau is derived from the Old German word hagen, which means hawthorne or hedge. In medieval Germany
, hedges were commonly used to mark out one parcel of land from another; if a piece of land was being farmed, it was surrounded by a hedge more often than not. The word hagen became synonymous with an enclosed piece of land, and it is from that meaning that the name is derived. The name is a local
name, given to one living on land enclosed by a hawthorne hedge.
Early Origins of the Hainau family
The surname Hainau was first found in Silesia
, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal
society which shaped modern Europe. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Henczel von dem Hayn in Goerlitz in 1352, and Matz Drausche von Hain in Goerlitz in 1566.
Early History of the Hainau family
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Hainau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Hain, Hainn, Haine, Hainel, Haines, Haina, Hainau, Haynau, Hayn, Hayne, Haynes, Hayner, Haino, Hainle, Hainy, Hainisch, Haynisch, Hainan, Hainlein and many more.
Early Notables of the Hainau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hainau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Haynes, who came to New England
in 1658. Jacob Hainel landed in Pennsylvania in 1733; as did Johan Casper Hayn in 1737; and Johannes Hayner in 1761. Johannes Jacob Hainan arrived in Philadelphia in 1790. Friedrich Hain came to America in 1852 from the duchy on Nassau. Nicholous Haines settled in Virginia in 1703.