Hynchliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Hynchliffe family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found at Hinchcliff, now named Hinchliffe Mill, a spot in the township of Austonley, close to Holmtorth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was derived from the Old English phrase "henge-clif" meaning "steep cliff."  
Early Origins of the Hynchliffe family
The surname Hynchliffe was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was John de Hengeclif who was listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor or Wakefield in 1324. Agnes de Hingeclif was listed in the same reference but a few years later in 1327. The Register of Freeman in York list William Hynsecliff in 1485 and Henry Hensceclyf in 1552. John Hyncheclyffe was listed in Sheffield in 1441 and so was John Hinchliffe in 1633.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes de Hyncheclyff; Willelmus de Hynchecliff; and Ricardus de Hynchecliff. 
Early History of the Hynchliffe family
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Hynchliffe Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hynchliffe include Hinchcliffe, Hinchliffe, Hinchcliff, Hincliffe, Henchcliff and many more.
Early Notables of the Hynchliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hynchliffe family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hynchliffe or a variant listed above: Luke Hinchcliffe settled in New York in 1822; Joseph Hinchcliff settled in Philadelphia in 1840; Josua Hinchcliff settled in Newcastle Del. in 1854; James Hinchcliff arrived in Philadelphia in 1871.