The central Site for the Name Heinsius
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The main spreading area of the name Heinsius today lies in Germany, the Netherlands
and the USA. Heinsius is the latinized form of the German and Dutch names
Heintze, Heinze, Heinse, Heins, Heyns and eventual further variants. Many of the
people who carry the name Heinsius today are probably not related to each
other. Most of the different family branches can be traced back to the 16th
century. During the 16th, 17th and still the 18th century it was usual, that
studied people latinized their names. This was also for their first names,
which like the surnames have been mentioned in their latin written studies. Due to the much more
frequent spread of above mentioned source names it can be assumed that there
are different origins of the Heinsius families. Nevertheless a possible connection
between the Dutch and the German branches is based
on a verbal tradition. Accordingly during the 16th century (about 1570) two
or more brothers came from the Spanish Netherlands to Germany.
They had been expelled due to their protestant belief. Their place of origin
could be today's Belgian city of Gent. They or their descendents, who lived
for many gererations in today's Polish city of Zary, former German Sorau,
should as said have corresponded with their Dutch relatives, so with the
Dutch statesman Antoni Heinsius (1641-1720). German biographies of three Heinsius
men of the 17th and 18th century are online at HEINSIUS.de.
last revised: February 04, 2004
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