First recorded in late Medieval times, Haing or Hainge is almost certainly, a locational name which derives from the Domesday Book of 1086, recording of "Hagenes". This is a village name from Bedfordshire, the precise meaning is obscure but is probably a developed form of "hegh", meaning an enclosure or fenced farm. The national origin is therefore Old English or Anglo-Saxon pre 9th Century, although the surname "Hain" is also found in Germany, where the meaning is exactly the same - a fenced farm. The name recordings include the following examples Mary Hainge who married John Jacques at St. Ann's Church, Soho, on September 25 1757, whilst coincidentally another Mary Hainge married one John Kenna at Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire on November 5th, also in 1757. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Hainnge, which was dated November 17th 1598, christened at St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. 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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