Hinckliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hinckliffe is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Hinckliffe family
The surname Hinckliffe 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. 
Early History of the Hinckliffe family
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Hinckliffe Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hinckliffe family name include Hinchcliffe, Hinchliffe, Hinchcliff, Hincliffe, Henchcliff and many more.
Early Notables of the Hinckliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hinckliffe family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hinckliffe surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Luke Hinchcliffe settled in New York in 1822; Joseph Hinchcliff settled in Philadelphia in 1840; Josua Hinchcliff settled in Newcastle Del. in 1854; James Hinchcliff arrived in Philadelphia in 1871.
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