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The Haaksma name derives from the Middle Low German word "ha-ke," Dutch "haak," which means "a hook." The name may have been a nickname for someone with some deformity in a hook shape; or perhaps an occupational name for someone who made or used hooks.

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The surname Haaksma was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Haack, Haak, Hack, Hacke, Hacker, Häckel, Hacken, Heck, Hecke, Heckel, Hecken and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haaksma research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1688, 1605, 1690, 1615, 1655, 1620 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Haaksma History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haaksma Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Hacker, who came to Virginia in 1636; George Hak, who arrived in Maryland in 1666; Andreas Haake, who settled in Philadelphia Co., PA in 1734; Maria Haeck, who arrived in Georgia sometime between 1733 and 1783.

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The Haaksma Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haaksma 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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