Meaning and Origin of: Hain

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of various places named with Middle English heghen, a weak plural of hegh, from Old English (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’. See also Haynes.
  • English : from the Middle English personal name Hain,Heyne. This is derived from the Germanic personal nameHagano, originally a byname meaning ‘hawthorn’. It is found in England before the Conquest, but was popularized by the Normans. In the Danelaw, it may be derived from Old Norse Hagni,Hǫgni (see Hagan), a Scandinavianized version of the same name.
  • English : nickname for a wretched individual, from Middle English hain(e), heyne ‘wretch’, ‘niggard’.
  • German : topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of enclosed pastureland, Middle High German hage(n) (seeHagen 1), hain, or a habitational name from a place named Hain, from this word.
  • German : from the Germanic personal name Hagin, originally a byname from the same element as in 2 above.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : metronymic from the Yiddish personal name Khaye ‘life’ + the Slavic possessive suffix -in.