Hindmeslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hindmeslay is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family 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 Hindmeslay family

The surname Hindmeslay 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]

Important Dates for the Hindmeslay family

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

Hindmeslay Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hindmeslay family name include Hindley, Hindeley, Hindle, Hyndley and others.

Early Notables of the Hindmeslay family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Hindmeslay family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hindmeslay surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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..

Citations

  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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