Hinch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hinch family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. It is a name for someone who lived in one of several places named Inch in the counties of Angus and Perth. The surname Hinch belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The form Hinch grew in popularity after the 16th century.

Early Origins of the Hinch family

The surname Hinch was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hinch family

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Hinch Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Hinch has been spelled Hinch, Inch, Inches and others.

Early Notables of the Hinch family (pre 1700)

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United States Hinch migration to the United States +

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Hinch:

Hinch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Hinch, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • Daniel Hinch, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]
Hinch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Hinch, who settled in Philadelphia in 1774
Hinch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Hinch, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Henry Hinch, who landed in Arkansas in 1879 [1]
  • George Hinch, aged 47, who settled in America from Sheffield, in 1892
  • Mary Hinch, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States from Sligo, in 1892
  • John Hinch, aged 23, who landed in America from Kilkenny, in 1893
Hinch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Hinch, aged 55, who landed in America from Granard, Ireland, in 1900
  • Hermann Hinch, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States from Barsfleth, in 1903
  • Arthur E. Hinch, aged 40, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Edith B. Hinch, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Alan Hinch, aged 30, who settled in America from Slough, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hinch migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Hinch Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Hinch, his wife Marjorie and son William who settled in Barbados in 1678

Contemporary Notables of the name Hinch (post 1700) +

  • Richard W. "Dick" Hinch (1949-2020), American politician, Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
  • Jane Hinch Ph.D.,, American Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University
  • Andrew Jay Hinch, American baseball player
  • John Frederick Hinch (1947-2021), British drummer from Lichfield, Staffordshire, original drummer of heavy metal band Judas Priest
  • Ronald Hinch Ph.D.,, Canadian Founding Dean of the Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Scott G Hinch Ph.D.,, Canadian Professor in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia
  • Derryn Nigel Hinch (b. 1944), New Zealand-born, Australian media personality best known for his work on Melbourne radio
  • Brigadier Douglas Hinch Storms, Canadian Chief Engineer Works, England [3]

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Joseph Francis  Hinch (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Master Freddie  Hinch (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. William Joseph  Hinch (1842-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mrs. Louise  Hinch (1864-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Devrick  Hinch (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • ... (Another 14 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Douglas Storms. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Storms/Douglas_Hinch/Canada.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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