Hykes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The first people to use the name Hykes were Vikings who settled in ancient Scotland in the medieval period. Hykes was a name for a crooked person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. There were two senses in which this nickname was used. The first was for a person with a crooked back: for a humpback. The other way in which this name was used was for a person with a crooked sense of morals: a crook. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked."

Early Origins of the Hykes family

The surname Hykes was first found in the county of Norfolk where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book [1]. Much later Gilbert Hake was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [2]

Important Dates for the Hykes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hykes research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1375, 1579 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Hykes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hykes Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Hykes has appeared Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.

Early Notables of the Hykes family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hykes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hykes family

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Hykes family came to North America quite early: Thomas Hakes who died at Jamestown, Virginia in 1623; John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774 and Nicolaus Hake who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1798..

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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