Hinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Hinton surname lived in the parish of Hinton in the diocese of Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford, Peterborough, Bath and Wells.

There are two very different origins of the word Hinton. First, it means "high (or chief) farmstead," from the Old English "heah" + "tun," and secondly it means "farmstead belonging to a religious community," from the Old English "hiwan" + "tun." [1]

From the many parishes found, the oldest is Hinton St. Mary, Dorset which was known in Saxon times as Hamtune in 944. [1]

Early Origins of the Hinton family

The surname Hinton was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Robert de Hintona was listed. [2]

Years later, Thomas de Hyneton was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1230 in Dorset and later, Thomas Hynton was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1385. [3]

The "Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I" included some of the early entries for the family: Thomas de Hynton, Oxfordshire; Lucia de Hineton, Berkshire; and Matilda de Hinton, Middlesex.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John de Hinton, Cambridgeshire; and Roger de Hinton, Dorset. [4]

Early History of the Hinton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinton research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1682, 1603, 1633, 1634, 1640, 1655, 1655 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Hinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hinton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hinton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hinton include: Hinton, Hynton, Hintone and others.

Early Notables of the Hinton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Hinton (1603?-1682), English Royalist, born in London about 1603. "On 10 April 1633 he entered Leyden University, where he probably proceeded M.D. He presented himself at the censor's board of the Royal College of Physicians on 6 February 1634, but, as he had not then been engaged in practice for the statutable period of four years, was not examined. On 7 November 1640 he again appeared at...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hinton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hinton migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hinton or a variant listed above:

Hinton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth, Elias, Joane, John Hinton all, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Elizabeth Hinton, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Ellias Hinton, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Joane Hinton, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • John Hinton, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hinton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Hinton, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [5]
  • William Hinton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717-1718 [5]
  • Adam Hinton, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1747 [5]
  • James Hinton, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Timothy and William Hinton, who settled in New England in 1774
Hinton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hinton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [5]
  • David Hinton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]

Australia Hinton migration to Australia +

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

Hinton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hinton, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Daniel Hinton, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Edward Hinton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851 [8]
  • Eliza Hinton, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Thomas Hinton, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [9]

New Zealand Hinton 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:

Hinton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Hinton, (b. 1817), aged 38, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • Mr. William Hinton, (b. 1818), aged 37, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • Mr. Richard Hinton, (b. 1844), aged 11, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • Miss Ellen Hinton, (b. 1846), aged 9, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • Miss Fanny Hinton, (b. 1848), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hinton (post 1700) +

  • Steve Hinton, American aviator who held a world speed record from 1979 to 1989 and won six Unlimited-class air races
  • Edgar Raymond Darby Hinton (b. 1957), American actor and filmmaker who started in commercials when he was six months old, best known for his portrayal as Israel Boone, on the NBC adventure series Daniel Boone, with Fess Parker
  • Jerrika Delayne Hinton (b. 1981), American actress, best known for role as Stephanie Edwards in the ABC medical drama series, Grey's Anatomy
  • Susan Eloise "S.E." Hinton (b. 1948), American writer best known for her young-adult novels set in Oklahoma, especially The Outsiders
  • Algia Mae Hinton (1929-2018), African American blues guitarist and vocalist from Johnston County, North Carolina
  • Violet Hinton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 24th District, 1998 [11]
  • S. F. Hinton, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1914 [11]
  • R. W. Hinton Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924 [11]
  • Linda L. Hinton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996 [11]
  • John T. Hinton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1912 [11]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Stephen William Hinton (d. 1912), aged 30, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. John H. Hinton, American Chief Special Mechanic working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Hinton +

  • 911 "The Hintons of Nash and Johnston Counties, North Carolina" by Judith Garner Hinton, "Hintan and Related Family History" by George Washington Hinton.

  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)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TORY 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Tory.htm
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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