Last name: Haynes

This interesting surname has two distinct possible origins. Firstly, it may be a patronymic form of the medieval male given name "Hain", itself coming from the Old German "Hagano", originally a byname meaning "hawthorn". This name was found in England before the Conquest of 1066, but was popularized by the Normans. In the Danelaw (the northern, central and eastern parts of Anglo-Saxon England in which Danish law and custom were observed), Haine may be derived from the Old Norse "Haghni, Hagne", candinavized versions of the above name. Early examples of the surname include: Ulricus Hagana, in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Peter Hain in the Pipe Rolls of Dorset, dated 1200. Haines may also be of locational origin from a place in Bedfordshire called Haynes. Recorded as "Hagenes" in the Domesday Book, and as "Hagnes", circa 1150 in the Pipe Rolls of that county, the place is so called either from the Olde English pre 7th Century "haga-naess", headland on which stood a hawthorn tree, or from the Olde English "haegen", the enclosure. One William atte Heyene was noted in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Somerset, and a Margery Haynes in the Essex County Rolls, dated 1352. William Haines, an early settler in America, was recorded on a "List of the living in Virginia" taken on February 16th 1623. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alice Heynes, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jerome Haynes

Wow I'm African American to and didn't know this.

Seth Haynes

its from England I know that much

Brandon Anthony Haynes
Actually Haynes is from England and Germany

Barbara Haney

Actually, the name in Germany is Hoenig. They Anglicized it to Haney when they fled the 30 year war. It is a different YDNA strand.

Brandon Alexander Haynes

there seems to be some regional connection to Bedfordshire, England. I suspect thats where Haynes were prior to immigrating to the New England area.

Dustin Omega Haynes
The sad part about all this is, Im an African American with Choctaw indian heritage. Haynes is my last name but I will never know my true history because Africans and Native Americans are not from Ireland. Thats my given slave name... My true name was erased.

Thomas Hanes
Not being a troll, I swear, but to avoid embarrassment in the future, this is an English, not Irish name, Not insulting you, or your problem

My last name is Haines and my family comes from Ireland and none of us are English. Not everyone with the last name Haines no matter the spelling, is English.

B King
Just saying, whilst it may be true that it was a slave name - amongst the African population, surnames didn't become prominent until too late in history to be effective. They mostly used the Habesha naming system in which your surname was your fathers first name. Now, given that Haynes is your 'slave name' as you call it, then on one hand it is devastating your history contains slavery HOWEVER, whichever of your relatives first adopted the name Haynes, would have bee a well respected gentlemen. You should take solace in the knowledge that whilst what was done to him was horrible, he still lived an honourable life that eventually led to you

Barbara Haney

Actually, there was a large number of former slaves that made their way to the top of the drinking gord in Ontario, where my family helped arrange new identities, education, and repatriation. I'm sorry you think that all Haynes were slave owners. Mine never owned slaves, but helped many find a new life. Sorry you have such a lousy impression based on one or two bad guys in South Carolina.

Brandon Alexander Haynes

Regardless of the past, you are still a Haynes and that is something to be proud of. No family, country or tribe has ever had a past free of misfortune. It's not the pain of the past you should hold on to, but the strength of your ancestors who made it through. I am a (very) mixed race African-American male from America's South but I'm also a very proud Haynes. I hope one day you can share in our family's pride without letting the pain of the past haunt you. Is Haynes a "slave name" forced on your ancestors.....or a link to the love and resillence of your ancestors that made you a possibility. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Any Haynes in Texas or New York, hit me up and lets compare family trees.

My mothers father is roy edward haynes,I was always told his mother was from germany and his father was of english or dutch the haynes name not for sure,I was also told that they had lakota indian mix in there on that side of haynes family

jim haines
my name is jim or james l haynes my grand father was james henry haynes listed in the daws rolls as full blood cherokee interesting name.

Jason Haynes

I'm a Haynes my gfather was denzil haynes and Cherokee also

Jason Haynes

My family is Cherokee from west virginia

Seth chr'o eke Haynes

Now that interesting my mothers side is from a reservation in Wyoming. my middle name come from that side other wise it would be Anthony like my big brother.

looking for a Walt Haynes(american) stationed in england during ww2

The Haynes name is from Ireland

Mark Haynes
How do you know?

Barbara Haney

No, it is not, and those Haneys/Haynes that were there were from Somerset, per their own history.

Vicki Haynes White
My maiden name is Haynes and I've always wondered about the origin of it. I heard it was English and there was a connection to Bedfordshire. When my father was 19 years old and in the Army during WWII he was stationed in London and his CO told him to take a truckload of supplies to Bedfordshire. He said he drove right to the location without directions and when he got there he knew where everything was, Post Office, General Store, etc., even though he had never been there before. My mother's maiden name is Ayers and I always heard that they considered themselves to be of Irish descent but when I looked up the surname it is of Scottish or French descent.

Nigel Anthony Haynes
Our family have an interesting twist to the Haynes surname. Tradition dictates that male Haynes members should have the middle name Anthony, and so boys names are all "Malefirstname Anthony Haynes". Apparently this goes way back in our genealogy, so I wonder how widespread it is?

This is interesting. I'm Maurice Michael St. Anthony Haynes . Does that count?

Brandon Anthony Haynes
Me and my dad have the middle name Anthony

Brandon Alexander Haynes

So weird! I'm a mixed African-American male from Texas, and we have a similiar tradition of a middle name with hyphen as a first name.

Rebecca Haynes

I'm from Australia and My dad's name is Anthony and my brother's middle name is Anthony...

Dorothy Haynes-Beymer
I've been doing genealogy research & this site was helpful to pinpoint the area of the UK to search in. Thanks:)

Anthony Haynes
Well I'm an English Haynes, apparently were I live The Midlands, or more precisely the West Midlands In England is where it's most prevalent. it does have a band of counties down the eastern side of the U.K., Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The City of Bristol is another high occurrence area, The area it is most common by percentile (17th most common surname is East Sussex. surprisingly there is also one area of Scotland where is is significantly above the average (249th most common surname in Great Britain), that being Moray. There is a famous clan from Moray (Hay) but There are no links to the surname Haynes

Pat Haynes-Madden
Ive always loved and been so proud of my name. So much so that it was restored as my legal surname after a divorce in 2000. I knew I'd never "give it up" again...thus the hyphenation of my (2nd) married name.

Sakima Haynes
Very interesting info

Laura Haynes
Fed up of people calling me Hayes. It gets very very old.

Julia Haynes
Happens to me all the time!


where you from laura


Other people have called me "Heinz", "Hag-ness", "Hayes", and wait for it... even "highness"... (nice)... and much worse... "Anus" :-S

Seth Haynes

I hate it when someone spells my name hanes, or even hayes.

Bert Haynes
I am also interested in all information pertaining to the haynes

Janice Machen

My ancestor (Mary Naomi Hanes) came from Germany in the early 1800's and either adopted or changed her name to Hanes. I cannot find her because I do not know what her name may have been changed "from" I have checked Hoehn, hahn, hains, hehn, on and on. Frustrating

Seth chr'o eke Haynes

My name is Seth Haynes and my father Brian Haynes family is from England, UK. My mother is sir name was Wadsworth which came from france and I know from one of his family history books that my family has fought in almost every French and british war, except when my family moved to America in the 18oos.