Hines Name Study

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Hines Name Meaning Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEidhin ‘descendant of Eidhin’, a personal name or byname of uncertain origin. It may be a derivative of eidhean ‘ivy’, or it may represent an altered form of the place name Aidhne. The principal family of this name is descended from Guaire of Aidhne, King of Connacht. From the 7th century for over a thousand years they were chiefs of a territory in County Galway. English: patronymic from Hine. Americanized spelling of German Heins or Heinz.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Background: Hines Tartan


Our Goals

The purpose of this study is to gather all information about the Hines name and its origin in order to find out if all those with the surname share common ancestry.

What You Can Do

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  8. If you are a male with the Hines surname and haven't already, please consider testing your yDNA so that we can all have a better understanding of our heritage and possibly make new discoveries.


First found in Oxfordshire, England, where one of the first on record was Robert Hine who was Lord of the manor in that shire in the year 1254. John le Hyne was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Oxford and Robert le Hine was listed in Suffolk in the same rolls. The Writs of Parliament of 1313 show Stephen le Hine.

A Coat of Arms granted to the Hine family of Devonshire is a silver shield with three gold anchors on a fesse engrailed azure, in chief a black greyhound courant. An eagle rising on a silver tortoise, holding in the beak a sprig of heath, and gazing on the sun all proper, is on the Crest.

Spelling Variations


Early Migration

United States of America

William Hines, emigrated to Virginia in 1629
James Hines, settled in Boston in 1716
John Hines, arrived in New England in 1724
Jane Hines, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
Martin Hines, arrived in Maryland in 1812
Felix Hines, arrived in New York 1812
Sarah Hines, emigrated to America in 1822
Patrick Hines, landed in Mississippi in 1840


Thomas Hines, landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Benjamin Hines, settled in Canada in 1784
Philip Hines, settled at Holyrood Head, Newfoundland in 1801
William Hines, landed in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland in 1803
Pat Hines settled at Harbour Grace in 1808
John Hines, originally from Tipperary, married at St. John's in 1809
David Hines, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1838 aboard the schooner Susan Jane


Robert Hines, a mason aged 38, arrived in South Australia n 1855 aboard the Magdelana
Michael Hines, a laborer aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the Duchess of Northumberland
Mary Hines, domestic servant aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship North

New Zealand

Robert Hines, aged 22, and Emily Hines, aged 20, arrived in Auckland aboard the ship Rooparell in 1874.

DNA Project

There is a Hinds/Hines DNA project registered at Family Tree DNA. The purpose of the Hinds/Hines DNA project is to identify all the various lines of the Hinds/Hines families. They invite other spellings such as Haines, Haynes, Hind, Hinde, and Hynes etc. to join.

Hines Notables

General John Leonard Hines (1868-1968), American soldier who served as Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army from 1924 to 1926 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1918
Charles A. Hines (1935-2013), American Army Major General, Commander of For McClellan (1989-1994)
Brigadier-General Charles Hines (1888-1966), American Commanding Genral Anti-Aircraft Artillery, 3rd Army (1944-1945)
Duncan Hines (1880-1959), American pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers
Pamela Hines (b. 1962), American jazz pianist
Gregory Oliver Hines (1946-2003), Tony Award-winning American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer
Milton Hines (1926-2009), original name of Soupy Sales, American comedian, actor, radio TV personality
Melvin Barry Hines (1939-2016), English author, best known for the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968)
John W. Hines (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917.
Sherman Hines, world renowned Canadian photographer


  • Hines and Allied Families: Some Descendants of William Hines of Sussex County, Virginia (ca. 1690-1760) and a Record of Their Principal Allied Families by Benjamin McFarland Hines
  • John William Hines, born c. 1600 in Londonderry, Ireland: His Descendats, Principally of North Carolina by William Neal Hurley

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