Show ContentsHeins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Heins arose, is renowned for both its beauty, industry, and economic power. However, in the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire. The name Heins originates as a short form of the personal name Heinrich.

Early Origins of the Heins family

The surname Heins was first found in Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ruf Heinz in Esslingen in 1417.

Early History of the Heins family

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Heins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Heintz, Heinz, Heinze, Heintze, Heinzer, Heintzer, Hainz, Haintz, Hainze, Haintze, Haintzer, Hainzer, Hintz, Hinz, Hinze, Hinzer, Hintze, Hintzer, Hyntz, Hynz, Heinse, Heintse, Heinttze, Heinttz, Heintzel, Heinzel, Heinzelmann, Heinzelman, Heintzelmann, Heintzelman, Heynz, Heyntze, Heincze and many more.

Early Notables of the Heins family

Prominent bearers of the family name Heins at this time were

  • Joseph Heintz (or Heinz) the Elder (1564-1609), a Swiss painter, draftsman and architect; Ernst Heintze (died 1630), who became a Chancellor of Bohemia; Christopher Heins (died 1689), Lieutenant and i...

Heins Ranking

In the United States, the name Heins is the 8,476th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Heins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Hendk Heins, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Anna Magdalena Heins, who landed in America in 1764 [2]
  • John Heins, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
  • Elizabeth Heins, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]
  • Arnold Heins, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1793 [2]
Heins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Henry Heins, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829 [2]
  • Ludw Heins, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Joh Heinr Heins, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Cath Heins, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Henry Heins, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Heins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Adam Heins U.E., "Haines" who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heins (post 1700) +

  • George Lewis Heins (1860-1907), American co-founder of Heins & LaFarge, the New York-based architectural firm
  • Ryan Heins (b. 1985), American soccer player
  • Marjorie Heins, American activist, writer, and founder of the Free Expression Policy Project
  • Henry Hardy Heins (1923-2003), American Lutheran minister, historian and bibliographer
  • Louis Heins, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1908 [4]
  • Charles A. Heins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920 [4]
  • Shawn Joseph Heins (b. 1973), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Donald Heins (1878-1949), English-born, Canadian violinist, violist, conductor, organist, composer, and music educator

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  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook