Hynds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hynds is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person who was gentle or timid. The name Hynds is derived from the Old and Old English word hind, which refers to a female deer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Hynds family

The surname Hynds was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hynds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hynds research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1557 is included under the topic Early Hynds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hynds Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hind, Hinde, Hynd, Hynde, Hynds, Hinds and others.

Early Notables of the Hynds family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hynds family to Ireland

Some of the Hynds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hynds migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hynds or a variant listed above:

Hynds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Hynds, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]

Hynds 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:

Hynds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bartholomew Hynds, (b. 1856), aged 20, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Timaru" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1876 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hynds (post 1700)

  • Peter Hynds, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1829 [3]
  • Harry P. Hynds (d. 1933), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1932 [3]
  • Ronald Hynds (b. 1931), English choreographer
  • John Burns Hynds (1902-1971), British Labour politician
  • John Roger Shankly Hynds (b. 1942), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Henry Hynds (1900-1985), British Labour Party politician
  • Thomas "Tommy" Hynds (b. 1880), Scottish footballer


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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