Inkson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Inkson comes from when the family resided in the village of Hinxton in the county of Cambridgeshire. This village dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Hestitone. [1] Years later, the village would be known as Hengstiton in 1202 and literally meant "estate associated with a man called Hengest," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun." [2]

Early Origins of the Inkson family

The surname Inkson was first found in Cambridgeshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest. Today Hingston Down is a hill near Gunnislake, Cornwall, and Hingston Down is a hill spur in Devon.

A scan over early rolls revealed John de Hyngeston in 1343 in the London Assize Rolls of Nuisance (1301-1431). [3]

Early History of the Inkson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inkson research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1642, 1662, 1664, 1612, 1683, 1661, 1666, 1663, 1683, 1721, 1775 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Inkson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Inkson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Inkson has been recorded under many different variations, including Hingston, Hinkston, Hinkson, Hingeston, Hingson and others.

Early Notables of the Inkson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Hingston (1612-1683), English composer, organist and viol player in the service of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, King Charles II and mentor to his 14-year-old godson, Henry Purcell. "From 1661 to 1666 Hingston was among the gentlemen of the Chapel Royal; in July 1663 his office is specified...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Inkson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Inkson family to Ireland

Some of the Inkson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 86 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Inkson 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:

Inkson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Inkson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870 [4]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 4th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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