Hindlie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Hindlie date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Hindlie family

The surname Hindlie was first found in Lancashire, now part of Greater Manchester. The first record of the placename was as Hindele in 1212 [1] "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." [2]

Early History of the Hindlie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hindlie research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1700 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hindlie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hindlie Spelling Variations

Hindlie has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hindlie have been found, including Hindley, Hindeley, Hindle, Hyndley and others.

Early Notables of the Hindlie family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hindlie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hindlie family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hindlies to arrive on North American shores: 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..



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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