Hinsay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hinsay came from a nickname as in "son of the hine (hind.)" [1]

Early Origins of the Hinsay family

The surname Hinsay was first found in Yorkshire, where we find Henry Hynson, Ellen Hyneson and Thomas Hynson, "ploghwryght," (plough wright) listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Henry and Thomas were either brothers or father and son, and were the scions of their respective branches of the family name. [1]

Early History of the Hinsay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinsay research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1507, 1617, 1673 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Hinsay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hinsay 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 Hinsay family name include Hinson, Hineson, Hindson, Hyneson, Hynson and others.

Early Notables of the Hinsay family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hinsay family to Ireland

Some of the Hinsay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 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 Hinsay 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 Hinsay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Hinson, who sailed to St.Christopher in 1635; Thomas Hinson to Virginia in 1670; Joseph Hinson to Philadelphia in 1812; Martin Hinson settled in Mobile, Ala. in 1852 and Andrew Hinson in Arkansas in 1896..



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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