This interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly, it may have derived from the old English pre 7th Century "hind" meaning female of the deer, this could be interpreted as a nickname for a gentle or timid person and with the patronymic suffix "son" would mean "son of the gentle person". It may also be from the Middle English "hine" a hind or servant and would therefore be "son of a servant". The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 19th Century (see below). Other early recordings of the surname include; John Hynson, who married Alice Lestwich on November 28th 1564, at St.Gregory St. Paul, London; Thomas Hynson, who married Anne Mylward, on November 12th 1569, in the same place and on February 20th 1574, George, son of Thomas Hynson, was christened at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. In the modern idiom, the name is found as Hinson, Hyndson, Henson, Hindson and Hynson. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Hynson, which was dated 1379, in the Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Richard 11, known as "Richard of Bordeaux", 1377 - 1399. 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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