Hinchen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Hinchen name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the village of Hanscombe, in the county of Bedfordshire. The village name comes from an Old English personal name Han, and the Old English word camp, meaning "enclosed land."

Early Origins of the Hinchen family

The surname Hinchen was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Hinchen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinchen research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1255 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Hinchen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hinchen Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hinchen include Handscomb, Hanscomb, Hanscombe, Handscombe, Handcome, Hanscom, Handscom, Hanscome and many more.

Early Notables of the Hinchen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hinchen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Hinchen migration to Australia +

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

Hinchen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Hinchen, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hinchen (post 1700) +

  • Graeme Hinchen (b. 1960), former Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy (1981-1987)


  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml


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