What's in a Name

What's in a name? A lot, if that name is Hines! We are as proud of our family name as we are of our many contributions of those we love who have helped to make it great. We are proud to be descendants of the late Joseph and Mary Hines.

The name Hines, which dates back to the 17th century, is of English origin. Surnames generally have three basic sources of origin: 1) occupation, 2) location, and 3) physical or individual characteristic. In the case of our name, Hines, it is a surname derived from occupation. It was derived from the English root word hine, which means servant.1 Most commonly it denoted a domestic servant.

During slavery, and especially in the years immediately following the Civil War, it was common for slaves to have the surnames of their masters. We are certain that our fore-parents where born into slavery, thus it is possible that their slave-owners were British descedants.

We can be proud that we have taken a name which has a rich culture built upon the struggles of the oppressed slaves. We can be proud because we have taken that name and made it a symbol of pride and achievements. We are proud of our past, encouraged by our present, and filled with hope for the future. Today, we are proud to be members of the Hines Family.


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