Origin of the Name Hynes
The ancient history of the name Hynes
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The names Hynes, Hines and Heynes are derived from the Gaelic O'hEidhin sept name.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The name is derived from 'Guaire the Hospitable', who was King of Connacht. From the seventh century up until the destruction of the Gaelic order nearly a thousand years later, the head of the sept was Chief of a territory in South Galway , the barony of Kiltartan. When the Anglo-Normans occupied considerable portions of Galway in the thirteenth century the families of O'Heyne and O'Shaughnessy were left in possession of large tracts of their ancient patrimony, and as late as 1878 the head of the family was in possession of 4,169 acres near Ballinasloe. Since the middle of the seventeenth century these families have been chiefly notable as priests. From Ireland the name has spread to Scotland , England and Wales and to the new world of America, Canada and beyond.
The Hynes 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 Hynes descendants.