Origin of the Name Hinton
The origin of the name Hinton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Hinton is a locality name meaning 'of Hinton', from parishes found in the diocese of Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford, Peterborough, Bath and Wells. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a John de Hinton, County Cambridgeshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. A Lucia de Hineton, County Berkshire, was recorded in the 'Placita de Quo Warranto', England , in the reign of Henry III. A Thomas de Hynton, County Somerset, was also recorded in the same reign in this ancient document.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland this name was introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century.
The Hinton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hinton descendants.