The English and Welsh surname Haines, also found in Ireland, is derived from the Welsh personal name Einws. The name may also be an habitational name from Haynes in Bedfordshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alice Heynes, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Somerset." William Haines, an early settler in America, was recorded on a "List of the living in Virginia" taken on February 16th 1623. Today there are approximately 29,000 bearers of the name Haines living in the US.