Show ContentsHains History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hains are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived 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 honour 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] Another source claims the name is from Haisne, near Arras, France. [4]

Early Origins of the Hains family

The surname Hains 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 Hains family

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Hains Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hains family name include Haines, Hains, Hain, Haine, Haynes, Hainson and many more.

Early Notables of the Hains 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, author, and member of the King's Company. "After...
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Hains Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Hains is the 846th most popular surname. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Hains family to Ireland

Some of the Hains family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hains migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hains surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hains Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Hains, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Hains and his wife Anne settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Hains, who arrived in Virginia in 1646
  • Jane Hains, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [9]
  • Mathew Hains, who arrived in Virginia in 1661 [9]
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Hains Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Moses Hains, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [9]
Hains Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Hains, who arrived in New York in 1807 [9]
  • Friedrick Hains, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [9]
  • Jacob Hains, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [9]
  • Joseph Hains, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1867 [9]

Canada Hains migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hains Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Hains U.E. who settled in Sissiboo, Nova Scotia c. 1784 listed on the Muster Roll at Gulliver's Hole, St. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo [10]
  • Mr. Joseph Hains U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Michael Hains U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [10]

Australia Hains migration to Australia +

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

Hains Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hains, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [11]
  • Thomas Hains, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [12]
  • Joseph Hains, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hains (post 1700) +

  • Peter Conover Hains III (1901-1998), American Army cavalry officer and athlete who competed at the 1928 Olympic Games
  • Peter Conover Hains (1840-1921), American Major General in the United States Army
  • Thornton Jenkins Hains (1866-1953), popular American sea novelist
  • C. W. Hains, American Republican politician, White Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 1st District, 1920 [14]
  • David Hains (1931-2023), Australian billionaire businessman, engineer, and horse breeder, founder and CEO of Portland House Group, Australia’s largest private investments management firm and hedge fund, Australia’s 18th richest person
  • Peter Hains (b. 1872), Army Captain convicted of killing his wife's lover

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  12. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE 1847. Retrieved from
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