Hinkpen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hinkpen is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Inkpen near Hungerford in Berkshire. Hinkpen is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Hinkpen family
The surname Hinkpen was first found in West Berkshire at Inkpen, a village and civil parish that dates back to Saxon times when the village was named Ingepenne c. 935.  By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village's name was Hingepene  and was literally derived from the Old English words "ing" (meaning hill or peak) and the Celtic or Old English word "penn" (meaning hill or enclosure.) 
The manor of Pillaton in Cornwall which in Doomsday Survey is called Pileton, belonged to the Earl of Moreton at that time. This manor, about the reign of Edward I. was in the family of Inkpen. "It was afterwards the property of John Charles, Esq. of whose heiress this manor and that of Hardenfast were purchased by Thomas Moone, Esq. about 1620." 
Early History of the Hinkpen family
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Hinkpen 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 Hinkpen family name include Inkpen, Inkpin, Ingpen and others.
Early Notables of the Hinkpen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hinkpen family to Ireland
Some of the Hinkpen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Hinkpen family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Hinkpen surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Inkpen, who settled in New England in 1756.