The Hynding’s1 can trace their roots back in the Bay Area to the 1870′s, where my great, great grandfather, Christian J. Hynding, was the first mayor of South San Francisco. Thanks to census records and family history, we know the Hynding family has roots in Denmark and Germany. There’s even a small, agricultural townsite located in southern Denmark, near the border of Germany, called Hynding2. In 1977, my grandparents traveled to this location where my grandfather, Norman Christian Hynding, had a very memorable picture taken of him standing behind the town sign. In November 2001, my cousin Michael and I, while on a road trip through northern Europe, paid a visit to the township of Hynding, Denmark. Of course, we each had to get our picture taken in front of the town sign as a sort of improvised rite-of-passage.
My mother’s father was able to trace his lineage back to James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence! He was also one of the original six Justices of the Supreme Court selected by George Washington and a major force in drafting the Constitution3.
- According to my grandfather, the name Hynding comes from the German word hund, meaning, uh, dog. Well, we’ve always kept many dogs as pets in all our households so I guess it’s somewhat fitting.
- Hynding, Denmark on Google Maps
- Wikipedia entry for James Wilson
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