Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht is well-known as “the village with that long name”. The name is derived from the names of some domains, including that of Hendrik-Ido, the son of the Lord of the Manor of Kijfhoek. In the middle of the 14th century the lords of the manor again had dikes built in the Zwijndrechtse Waard. By joining up their areas, one municipality was created: Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.
For centuries, arable farming and cattle farming were the only means of existence, later the village became known for the many ship breakers along the river De Noord. The village lies between the important waterway De Noord and the motorways A15 and A16, which for many companies and people makes it a good place to locate. In the coming ten years, 4,500 housing units will be built between Ambacht and Zwijndrecht, the VINEX-location is De Volgerlanden, a new district with plenty of green. The recreation area Sandelingen-Ambacht will be an area rich in water, with walking and cycle routes.