Origins Available: English
The origins of the name Elkan are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old English personal name Hafoc,
which continued to be in use until the 13th century. The surname Elkan was originally derived from the form Havec
and the addition of the diminutive suffix -in,
which forms Havek-in.
The name Elkan has also been popularly regarded as a pet form of the personal name Henry.
Early Origins of the Elkan family
The surname Elkan was 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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. "Part of the lands and tithes [of East Wickham, Kent] were given by the famous admiral, Sir John Hawkins, in the reign of Elizabeth, to the hospital for distressed mariners founded by him at Chatham, to which they still belong." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The Hawkinses of The Gaer, co. Monmouth, and those of Cantlowes, co. Middlesex, claim a local
origin from the parish of Hawking, near Folkestone, in Kent
, of which Osbert de Hawking was possessor temp.
Henry II. The family removed to Nash Court in the parish of Boughtonunder-Bleane in the same county, and there remained until the year 1800. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Elkan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elkan 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 Elkan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elkan Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Elkan has been spelled many different ways, including Hawkins, Hawkin, Haykins, Haykin and others.
Early Notables of the Elkan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), English admiral, slave trader, leader of the Sea Dogs, who was knighted after he commanded the "Victory" in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588); John Hawkins (born c... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elkan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elkan family to Ireland
Some of the Elkan 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Elkan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Elkans to arrive in North America: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Elkan (post 1700)
- Elkan Rex Makin (1925-2017), English solicitor and philanthropist, noted for his involvement with the Beatles' early career and subsequently high-profile cases such as the Hillsborough and Heysel Stadium disasters
- Elkan R Blout (1919-2006), American Professor of biochemistry at Harvard University, led the team that developed Polaroid instant color film, and who joined the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1969
The Elkan Motto
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.