Hinkpenn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Hinkpenn belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the region of Inkpen near Hungerford in Berkshire. Hinkpenn 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 Hinkpenn family

The surname Hinkpenn 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. [1] By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village's name was Hingepene [2] 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.) [1]

Important Dates for the Hinkpenn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinkpenn research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1217 and 1301 are included under the topic Early Hinkpenn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hinkpenn Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hinkpenn include Inkpen, Inkpin, Ingpen and others.

Early Notables of the Hinkpenn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hinkpenn family to Ireland

Some of the Hinkpenn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hinkpenn family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hinkpenn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Inkpen, who settled in New England in 1756.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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