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Origin and popularity of the name HINE


Hine : 1: English (Devon): occupational name from Middle English Old English hīne ‘servant member of a household’ also ‘farm laborer’ (such as a herdsman or shepherd). Originally a collective term for a body of servants from an Old English plural noun hīwan ‘household’ in early modern English it commonly acquired excrescent -d (see Hinde). Evidence from Nottinghamshire shows that some bearers of the name were wealthy freemen which suggests that their eponymous ancestors were not farmhands but senior members of a lord's household. From the late 15th century onward in western England from south to north a hine or hind also denoted a farm steward or manager a sense that may be relevant to the surname in northwestern England where hereditary naming had not been fully established by the 16th century.2: Americanized form of German Hein.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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