Hindmarsh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hindmarsh has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a 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 Hindmarsh family

The surname Hindmarsh 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 Hindmarsh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hindmarsh research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hindmarsh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hindmarsh Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hindmarsh have been found, including Hindmarsh, Hindmarshe, Hyndmarsh, Hendmarsh and many more.

Early Notables of the Hindmarsh family (pre 1700)

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United States Hindmarsh migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hindmarsh, or a variant listed above:

Hindmarsh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James, John and Mary Hindmarsh who, who settled in Virginia in 1738
Hindmarsh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ralph Hindmarsh, who landed in New York in 1819 [1]

Australia Hindmarsh migration to Australia +

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

Hindmarsh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hindmarsh a governor, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]
  • Ann Hindmarsh, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]
  • Jane Hindmarsh, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]
  • Mary Hindmarsh, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]
  • Susan Hindmarsh, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hindmarsh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hindmarsh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Lancelot Hindmarsh, (b. 1814), aged 45, English mason from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hindmarsh, (b. 1816), aged 43, English settler from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Jane Hindmarsh, (b. 1844), aged 15, English domestic servant from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [3]
  • Mr. John Robert Hindmarsh, (b. 1848), aged 11, English settler from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hindmarsh (post 1700) +

  • Lisa Hindmarsh, American jazz musician
  • Robert Hindmarsh (1759-1835), English printer, one of the founders, 1st minister and chief organizer of the New Church (Swedenborgian)
  • Alfred Humphrey Hindmarsh (1860-1918), New Zealand politician, lawyer and unionist, first leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, grandson of John Hindmarch
  • Major General Michael "Mike" Hindmarsh AO, CSC (b. 1956), Major General in the Australian Defense Force
  • Rear-Admiral Sir John Hindmarsh KH, RN (1785-1860), English-born naval officer, 1st Governor of South Australia (1836-1838), eponym of numerous places including: Hindmarsh, South Australia, a suburb of Adelaide; Hindmarsh Island; Hindmarsh Square; and Hindmarsh Stadium
  • Wayne Hindmarsh Ph.D.,, Canadian Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto
  • Bruce Hindmarsh Ph.D.,, Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College
  • Ian Hindmarsh (b. 1977), Australian rugby league player
  • Nathan Hindmarsh (b. 1979), Australian rugby league player


The Hindmarsh 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.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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