Show ContentsHindman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hindman is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in an area referred to as the Hindmarsh in the North Riding of Yorkshire. This surname was a local name for a place that was known for low lying ground and the deer that were found there. It was originally derived from the Old English words hind, which means a female deer and march which literally refers to a swamp covered clearing.

Early Origins of the Hindman family

The surname Hindman was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hindman family

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Hindman 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 Hindman 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hindman include: Hindmarsh, Hindmarshe, Hyndmarsh, Hendmarsh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hindman family (pre 1700)

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Hindman Ranking

In the United States, the name Hindman is the 4,362nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Hindman migration to the United States +

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 Hindman or a variant listed above:

Hindman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Hindman, who landed in Maryland in 1707-1708 [2]
  • Jacob Henderson Hindman, who arrived in Maryland in 1770 [2]
  • John Hindman, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [2]
  • Mary Hindman, aged 18, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [2]
Hindman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Hindman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]

Canada Hindman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hindman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Hindman, who arrived in Quebec in 1784

Australia Hindman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hindman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Hindman, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hindman (post 1700) +

  • Darwin Hindman (1933-2019), American politician, Mayor of Columbia, Missouri (1995-2010)
  • William Hindman (1743-1822), American lawyer and politician, United States Senator from Maryland (1800-1801), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland (1793-1799)
  • Major-General Thomas Carmichael Hindman Jr. (b. 1828), American lawyer, United States Representative from the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas, and a Major General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Earl John Hindman (1942-2003), American film and television actor, best known for his role as the kindly neighbor, Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. on the television show Home Improvement (1991–1999)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Frank Weaver Hindman, American Seaman First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]

The Hindman Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil nisi patria
Motto Translation: Nothing without one’s country.

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved
  4. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook