In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Hindlay surname lived at Hindley, in Lancashire
, or later at Hiendley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. They are derived from the Old English words hind,
which meant "female deer," and leah,
which meant "forest clearing." The place-names as a whole mean "forest clearing where hinds are found."
Early Origins of the Hindlay family
The surname Hindlay was first found in Lancashire
, now part of Greater Manchester. The first record of the placename was as Hindele in 1212 CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"The family of Hindley, then Hindele, held lands here as early as the reign of Henry II.: in the eighth of Richard II., Robert, of this family, married Emma, one of the heiresses of Pemberton; and the Hindleys were living at the Hall in 1613." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hindlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hindlay research.Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hindlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hindlay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hindlay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hindlay include: Hindley, Hindeley, Hindle, Hyndley and others.
Early Notables of the Hindlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hindlay family to Ireland
Some of the Hindlay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hindlay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hindlay or a variant listed above: William Hindley settled in New England
in 1747; Thomas Hindley settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1820; James, John, Joseph, Michael, Peter, Richard Hindley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1868..