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The annals of Scottish history reveal that Inch was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Inch family lived in one of several places named Inch in the counties of Angus and Perth. The surname Inch belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The form Hinch grew in popularity after the 16th century.

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The surname Inch was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Inch has been spelled Hinch, Inch, Inches and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inch research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500 and 1396 are included under the topic Early Inch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Inch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Inch:

Inch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Inch, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Inch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Inch, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Margaret Inch, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Marie Inch, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"

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  • Robert Alexander Inch (1873-1961), American jurist, United States District Judge in Brooklyn, New York
  • Richard Inch (1843-1911), American rear admiral of the United States Navy, active in the American Civil War, Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War
  • Thomas Inch (1881-1963), Britain's Strongest Youth and Britain's Strongest Man, eponym of the Thomas Inch dumbbell
  • Adam Inch (1857-1933), Scottish-born, Canadian dairy farmer and politician, eponym of Inch Park in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Mr. William Ernest Inch, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15


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The Inch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Inch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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