Hinds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hinds is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hinds was a Norman name used for a person who was gentle or timid. The name Hinds is derived from the Old English word hind, which refers to a female deer. [1]

Early Origins of the Hinds family

The surname Hinds was first found in Essex, where Cristiana Henry Hynde was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1285, and again in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1332. [1]

Early History of the Hinds family

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Hinds Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hind, Hinde, Hynd, Hynde, Hynds, Hinds and others.

Early Notables of the Hinds family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Hinde (1569?-1629), English Puritan divine, born at Kendal, Westmoreland, about 1569, entered Queen's College, Oxford, in Michaelmas term 1586 as a servitor, but was elected successively tabarder and perpetual fellow. [2] Sir John Hynde (d. 1550), was an early English judge, of a family settled at Madingley in Cambridgeshire, and was educated at Cambridge. [2] John Hynde ( fl. 1606), was an English romancer, probably grandson of Sir John Hynde, the judge [q. v.] [2] On the infamous side, James Hind (d. 1652), was an English highwayman, son of a saddler of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire and...
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Ireland Migration of the Hinds family to Ireland

Some of the Hinds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hinds migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hinds name or one of its variants:

Hinds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Hinds, who landed in New England in 1635-1636 [3]
  • James Hinds, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [3]
Hinds Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Corliss Hinds, who arrived in New England in 1764 [3]
Hinds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hinds, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • Richard Hinds, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • Albert E. Hinds, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Foredale, in 1899
Hinds Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Hinds, aged 31, who landed in America from the Isle of Man, in 1901
  • Caroline Hinds, aged 20, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • Alfred Edward Hinds, aged 33, who landed in America from Hamphurst, England, in 1908
  • Archibald Hinds, aged 40, who settled in America from Wellington, Australia, in 1910
  • Annie Hinds, aged 18, who landed in America from Richhill, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hinds migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hinds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Hinds, aged 2 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In October 1847 [4]

Australia Hinds migration to Australia +

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

Hinds Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Hinds, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Isaac Hinds, English convict who was convicted in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • James Hinds, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849 [7]
  • Eliza J. Hinds, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [8]
  • Alexander Hinds, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hinds 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:

Hinds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hinds, (b. 1839), aged 21, Irish farm labourer from County Down travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [9]
  • Joseph Hinds, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Miss Mary Hinds, (b. 1893), aged 18, British Settler travelling aboard the ship " Auckland" en route to Invercargill, New Zealand on 25th December 1879 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hinds (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Sidney Rae Hinds (1900-1991), American Executive Officer, 41st Armored Infantry Regiment (1941), sport shooter who competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics [11]
  • Major-General John Hamilton Hinds (1898-1993), American Deputy G-1, Far Eastern Command (1949-1950) [12]
  • Samuel Russell Hinds (b. 1953), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Jacob Hinds (1800-1873), American politician from New York
  • Killick Erik Hinds (b. 1972), American active as a composer, performer, and promoter of a wide range of music
  • Aisha Hinds (b. 1975), American television and film actress
  • Thomas Hinds (1780-1840), American politician from Mississippi
  • Bill Hinds (b. 1950), American sports cartoonist
  • Samuel Southey Hinds (1875-1948), American actor perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
  • William "Will" Hinds (1887-1957), stage name Will Hammer, English actor and co-founder of Hammer Film Productions
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "MADAWASKA" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Madawaska.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Sidney Hinds. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hinds/Sidney_Rae/USA.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) John Hinds. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hinds/John_Hamilton/USA.html


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