Show ContentsShinn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Shinn family are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Shinn comes from when the family lived near a crevice, chasm, or canyon. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word chine, that comes from the Old English word "cinu," meaning fissure, or chasm. The surname meant "dweller by the ravine."

Early Origins of the Shinn family

The surname Shinn was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Shinn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shinn research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1273, 1275, 1803 and 1804 are included under the topic Early Shinn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shinn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ching, Chinn, Chine, Chynne, Shin, Shinn, Attechine and many more.

Early Notables of the Shinn family

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Shinn Ranking

In the United States, the name Shinn is the 3,027th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 1

United States Shinn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shinn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Shinn, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Shinn (post 1700) +

  • Robert C. Shinn Jr. (1937-2023), American politician, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (1994-2002)
  • David H. Shinn (b. 1940), American diplomat and professor, 19th United States Ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-1999)
  • Anne O'Hagan Shinn (1869-1933), American suffragist, journalist, and writer of short stories
  • Everett Shinn (1876-1953), American realist painter and member of the Ashcan School
  • Lieutenant Commander Conrad "Gus" S. Shinn, U.S. Navy pilot who made the first plane landing at the geographic South Pole, eponym of Mount Shinn, Antarctica
  • Moses Franklin Shinn (1809-1885), American pioneer Methodist Episcopal Church minister in Omaha, Nebraska
  • William Norton Shinn (1782-1871), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1833-1837)
  • Christopher Shinn (b. 1975), American OBIE Award (2005) and Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting (2005) winning playwright, a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2008)
  • Milicent Washburn Shinn (1858-1940), American child psychologist, the first woman to receive a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley
  • George Shinn (b. 1941), American former owner of the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Knights and the Gastonia Rangers
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook