Hindan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Hindan family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Hinton in the diocese of Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford, Peterborough, Bath and Wells.

There are two very different origins of the word Hinton. First, it means "high (or chief) farmstead," from the Old English "heah" + "tun," and secondly it means "farmstead belonging to a religious community," from the Old English "hiwan" + "tun." [1]

From the many parishes found, the oldest is Hinton St. Mary, Dorset which was known in Saxon times as Hamtune in 944. [1]

Early Origins of the Hindan family

The surname Hindan was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Robert de Hintona was listed. [2]

Years later, Thomas de Hyneton was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1230 in Dorset and later, Thomas Hynton was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1385. [3]

The "Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I" included some of the early entries for the family: Thomas de Hynton, Oxfordshire; Lucia de Hineton, Berkshire; and Matilda de Hinton, Middlesex. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John de Hinton, Cambridgeshire; and Roger de Hinton, Dorset. [5]

Early History of the Hindan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hindan research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1682, 1603, 1633, 1634, 1640, 1655, 1655 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Hindan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hindan Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hindan include Hinton, Hynton, Hintone and others.

Early Notables of the Hindan family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Hinton (1603?-1682), English Royalist, born in London about 1603. "On 10 April 1633 he entered Leyden University, where he probably proceeded M.D. He presented himself at the censor's board of the Royal College of Physicians on 6 February 1634, but, as he had not then been engaged in practice for the statutable period of four years, was not examined. On 7 November 1640 he again appeared at...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hindan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hindan family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hindan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth, Elias, Joane, John Hinton all settled in Virginia in 1623; James Hinton settled in Maryland in 1774; Timothy and William Hinton settled in New England in 1774..



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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