Haining History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Haining is derived from "Henneke," a diminutive of the enormously popular given name Johannes. The Low German suffix -ing indicates "son of"; thus, the progenitor of the name was likely the son of someone who was known as Henneke.

Early Origins of the Haining family

The surname Haining was first found in East Prussia, where the family came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. The name was first found in Courland were they were raised to be cavaliers in 1566.

Early History of the Haining family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haining research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1814 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Haining History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haining Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hennin, Henning, Hennig (Silesia), Henegar, Henninger, Henniger, Hienegar, Henigger, Henningsen and many more.

Early Notables of the Haining family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haining Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Haining migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haining Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Haining, age 25, who arrived in Baltimore in 1823

Canada Haining migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haining Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Haining, who arrived in Ontario in 1834

Australia Haining migration to Australia +

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

Haining Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Haining, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Haining (post 1700) +

  • Jane Haining (1897-1944), Scottish Church of Scotland missionary who was arrested by the Nazis in 1944 and died in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, posthumously named a British Hero of the Holocaust in 2010
  • William Wallace "Will" Haining (b. 1982), Scottish contemporary footballer
  • Hayley Haining (b. 1972), British runner at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • General Sir Robert Hadden Haining KCB DSO (1882-1959), British Army general who served during World War II, Commandant of the Imperial Defence College (1935-1937), GOC-in-C Western Command (1939-1940), Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff (1940-1941), Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (1949-1957)
  • Peter Alexander Haining (1940-2007), British journalist, author and anthologist, awarded the British Fantasy Awards Karl Edward Wagner Award in 2001
  • Peter Moir Haining (b. 1962), Scottish rower, three-time World Lightweight Sculling Champion


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COUNTESS OF YARBOROUGH 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850CountessYarborough.htm


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