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Hinchey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Hinchey originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAonghusa, which means "descendant of Angus."


Early Origins of the Hinchey family


The surname Hinchey was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Hinchey family


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Hinchey Spelling Variations


Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Hinchey dating from that time include Hennessey, Henasey, Henasay, Henchy, Henchey, Henchie, Hinchy, Hinchey, Hinchie, Henesey, Henessy, Henesy, Hennesey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hinchey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hinchey family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Hinchey or a variant listed above, including:

Hinchey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James and John Hinchey, who landed in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1877
  • John Hinchey, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Thomas Hinchey, aged 26, who landed in America from Tyrone, in 1892
  • Timothy Hinchey, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, in 1893
  • William Hinchey, aged 11, who landed in America from Cork, in 1893
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Hinchey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nora M. Hinchey, aged 20, who settled in America from Ballybrook, in 1904
  • Patrick Hinchey, aged 27, who landed in America from Killishandra, in 1904
  • Michael Hinchey, aged 24, who landed in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1907
  • James Hinchey, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Edward Hinchey, aged 24, who settled in America from Ballymutz, Ireland, in 1912
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Hinchey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edward R. Hinchey, aged 24, who settled in Belleville, Canada, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Hinchey (post 1700)


  • Maurice Dunlea Hinchey (1938-2017), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1993-2013)
  • Margaret Hinchey (1870-1944), American suffragist, labor organizer and leader
  • Ken Hinchey (1912-1994), American entrepreneur and politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska (1955-1956)
  • Michael Gerard Hinchey (b. 1969), Irish computer scientist, Director at the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (Lero), University of Limerick, Senior Member of the IEEE
  • Edward H. Hinchey (1872-1936), Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa in 1912

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