Show ContentsHanes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hanes family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name 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 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 Hanes family

The surname Hanes 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 Hanes family

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Hanes Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hanes include Haines, Hains, Hain, Haine, Haynes, Hainson and many more.

Early Notables of the Hanes 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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Hanes Ranking

In the United States, the name Hanes is the 3,391st most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Hanes family to Ireland

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

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hanes were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hanes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Luke Hanes, aged 27, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Globe" [9]
  • Jo Hanes, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [9]
  • Xpher Hanes, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [9]
  • Darkiss Hanes, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [9]
Hanes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marks Hanes, aged 19, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [9]
  • Philip Hanes, aged 46, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [9]
Hanes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Therese Hanes, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1854 [9]
  • Johann Hanes, aged 6, who arrived in New York in 1854 [9]
  • Charles Henry Hanes, who landed in Iowa in 1883 [9]
  • Wasell Hanes, who landed in Arkansas in 1898 [9]

Canada Hanes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hanes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. David Hanes U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River [10]
  • Mr. Joseph Hanes U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Samuel Hanes U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Christopher Hanes U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [10]
  • Mr. Christopher John Hanes U.E. (b. 1758) who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Stormont County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in King's Royal Regiment of New York in the 1st Battalion he died in 1844, married to Catherine Empey they had 5 children [10]

New Zealand Hanes 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:

Hanes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • L Hanes, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanes (post 1700) +

  • John Wesley Hanes II (1892-1987), American investment banker, Under Secretary of the United States Treasury and President of the New York Racing Association
  • John Wesley Hanes (1850-1903), American businessman and founder of Hanes Hosiery Mills, the clothing manufacturer in 1901; he died 2 years later
  • Madlyn L. Hanes (b. 1948), American academic, former Chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg
  • William Hanes (b. 1974), American dogsledder
  • Arthur J. Hanes (1916-1997), American mayor of Birmingham, Alabama between 1961 and 1963
  • James Gordon Hanes (1886-1972), American politician, Mayor of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1921-25 [11]
  • James G. Hanes, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [11]
  • Gordon Hanes, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [11]
  • Claudia P. Hanes, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 2008 [11]
  • Betty Hanes (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 2004, 2008 [11]
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HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Hanes, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Duncan Arthur Walpole Hanes, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [13]

Suggested Readings for the name Hanes +

  • Blakesley Family and Allied Families of Hanes, White and Brees by Wilda Mae Allan Sweigard.

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  9. 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)
  10. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  11. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
  12. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  13. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook