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Where did the English Hawkins family come from? What is the English Hawkins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hawkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hawkins family history?

The generations and branches of the Hawkins family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Hawkins comes from the Old English personal name Hafoc, which continued to be in use until the 13th century. The surname Hawkins was originally derived from the form Havec and the addition of the diminutive suffix -in, which forms Havek-in. The name Hawkins has also been popularly regarded as a pet form of the personal name Henry.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hawkins include Hawkins, Hawkin, Haykins, Haykin and others.

First found in Kent at Hawkinge or Hackynge, a parish in the union of Elham, hundred of Folkestone which dates back to at least 1204 when it was listed as Hauekinge and literally meant "place frequented by hawks" or "place of a man called Hafoc", derived from the Old English personal name "hafac" + ing. [1] The present town and civil parish is almost 1 mile (1.3km) east of the original village and is best known as the home of RAF Hawkinge, the closest operational airfield to France and was used extensively during the Battle of Britain in World War II.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawkins research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1532, 1595, 1588, 1611, 1659, 1628, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Hawkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hawkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hawkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hawkins or a variant listed above:

Hawkins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Hawkins, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Job Hawkins, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • Richard Hawkins, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Robert and Mary Hawkins, who came to the America aboard the Elizabeth and Ann in 1635, and settled in Charlestown
  • Clement Hawkins, aged 16, arrived in Barbados in 1635

Hawkins Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Abra Hawkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Eliza Hawkins, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Susannah Hawkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Robt Hawkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Francis Hawkins, who arrived in New England in 1727

Hawkins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Hawkins, who landed in America in 1806
  • Jane Hawkins, aged 40, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Robert Hawkins, aged 51, landed in New York, NY in 1827
  • Richard Hawkins, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • David Hawkins, who arrived in New York in 1836

Hawkins Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Fred Hawkins, who arrived in Alabama in 1924


  • Coleman Randolph Hawkins (1904-1969), American jazz tenor saxophonist and the first important jazz musician to use the instrument
  • Jeff Hawkins (b. 1957), American founder of Palm Computing
  • First Lieutenant William Deane Hawkins (1914-1943), American Marine Corps officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Dale Hawkins (b. 1936), pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist
  • Jack L. Hawkins (b. 1920), American Marines Corps Colonel employed by the CIA for the military planning, training of Cuban exiles, and the effective military command of forces in the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba
  • Brigadier-General Hamilton Smith Hawkins (1872-1950), American Member of the Secretary of War's Personnel Board (1941-1943)
  • Brigadier-General John Reynolds Hawkins (1899-1947), American Chief of the Air Mission to Peru (1946-1947)
  • Brigadier-General Sion Boone Hawkins (1887-1948), American Adjutant-General of Georgia (1941-1943)
  • Clifton Alexander "Alex" Hawkins (b. 1937), retired American football running back
  • Augustus Freeman "Gus" Hawkins (1907-2007), American Democratic Party politician and Civil Rights leader, who sponsored the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act



  • Our Hawkins Cousins: Including the Ancestry and Descendants of John Hawkins (1813-1897) and the Women He Married, Eveline P. Goodlett (1815-1848) and Sarah Adelaine Gaston (1817-1897) by Delores Hawkins McDonald.
  • Appo, Fisher, Hawkins: GEnealogy of Dr. Annette Hawkins Eaton and R. Walter Lincoln Hawkin by Paul E. Sluby.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

The Hawkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hawkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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