Hinchliff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Hinchliff name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at Hinchcliff, now named Hinchliffe Mill, a spot in the township of Austonley, close to Holmtorth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was derived from the Old English phrase "henge-clif" meaning "steep cliff."  
Early Origins of the Hinchliff family
The surname Hinchliff was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was John de Hengeclif who was listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor or Wakefield in 1324. Agnes de Hingeclif was listed in the same reference but a few years later in 1327. The Register of Freeman in York list William Hynsecliff in 1485 and Henry Hensceclyf in 1552. John Hyncheclyffe was listed in Sheffield in 1441 and so was John Hinchliffe in 1633.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes de Hyncheclyff; Willelmus de Hynchecliff; and Ricardus de Hynchecliff. 
Important Dates for the Hinchliff family
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Hinchliff Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hinchliff were recorded, including Hinchcliffe, Hinchliffe, Hinchcliff, Hincliffe, Henchcliff and many more.
Early Notables of the Hinchliff family (pre 1700)
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Hinchliff migration to the United States
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hinchliff family emigrate to North America:
Hinchliff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Arthur Hinchliff, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 
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