The surname ‘Hinton’ originates from England. It is derived from the habitation name from any of the numerous places so called, which split more or less evenly into two groups with different etymologies. One set (with examples in Berkshire, Dorset, Gloucester, Hampshire, and Herefordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.) gets the name from the Old English weak dative ‘hean’ (originally used after a preposition and article) of ‘heah’ meaning high and the Old English word ‘tun’ meaning enclosure, settlement. The other (with examples in Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Gloucester, Herefordshire, Northants, Shropshire, Somerset, Suffolk and Wiltshire) gets the first element from the Old English word ‘hiwan’ meaning household, monastery. The surname is fairly evenly distributed in South and Midland England. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Hinton’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the reign of King Henry III, and Edward I, were a ‘Thomas de Hynton’, from the county of Oxfordshire, England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in… Coat of arms: Erminies, on…
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