Show ContentsHinman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Hinman finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who tended a lodge or inn. [1] [2] [3]

Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Early Origins of the Hinman family

The surname Hinman was first found in Lancashire where "Inman has existed in Furness, North Lancashire, for centuries, and still flourishes." [4]

In neighbouring Yorkshire, Willelmus Indmon and Willelmus Inman were both listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [5]

Early History of the Hinman family

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Hinman 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 Hinman family name include Inman, Innman and others.

Early Notables of the Hinman family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include James Inman (1776-1859), professor of navigation and nautical science, younger son of Richard Inman of Garsdale Foot, Sedbergh, Yorkshire. The family of substantial statesmen had owned property in the neighbourhood from the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. James received his early education at Sedbergh grammar school, and subsequently...
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Hinman Ranking

In the United States, the name Hinman is the 5,957th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]

United States Hinman migration to the United States +

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 Hinman surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Hinman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Hinman, who arrived in Connecticut in 1650 [7]
  • Thomas Hinman, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [7]
  • William Hinman, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [7]
Hinman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Hinman, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [7]
Hinman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Hinman, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892
Hinman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Belle Hinman, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Edward Hinman, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Charles Dwight Hinman, aged 44, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Bertrand C. Hinman, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Bertrand Hinman, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hinman (post 1700) +

  • Royal Ralph Hinman (1785-1868), American lawyer and antiquarian
  • Chief Justice Joel Hinman (1802-1870), American jurist and politician, Chief Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1861 until his death, grandson of Benjamin Hinman
  • George Wheeler Hinman (1864-1927), American writer, newspaper publisher and academic, President of Marietta College in Ohio (1913-1918)
  • Charlton Hinman, American inventor of the Hinman collator, an early optical collator in the late 1940s
  • Benjamin Hinman (1719-1810), American surveyor, soldier and legislator, one of the first American officers of the Revolutionary War
  • Brigadier-General Dale Durkee Hinman (1891-1949), American Commanding Officer 38th Coast Artillery Brigade (1941-1942) [8]
  • Clark Titus Hinman (1819-1854), the first president of Northwestern University, Chicago
  • George Elijah Hinman (1870-1961), American lawyer and politician from the state of Connecticut
  • Arthur G. Hinman (1890-1915), Australian rules footballer
  • Paul Hinman (b. 1959), Canadian provincial politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (2009-2012)

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Dale Hinman. Retrieved from on Facebook