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The Hack family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name for the son of Haki, which was originally derived from the Scandinavian forename Haki or Hako. This Christian name was popular among the Viking settlers who landed on the shores of England during the 10th and 11th centuries.

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The surname Hack was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hack include Hack, Hache, Hach, Hacche and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hack research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1299 is included under the topic Early Hack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hack were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Hack, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Hack who settled in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Isaac Hack, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • George Hack, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Sefryn Hack, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
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Hack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Koenraed Hack, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Hack, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Barbara Hack, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Frederick Hack, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Andreas Hack, who came to Pennsylvania in 1739
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Hack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conrad Hack, who, at age 80 arrived with his family in England from Germany
  • Andrew Hack, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Andrew Hack, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Nicolaus Hack, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Wilham Hack, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Hack Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Hack, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Hack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Hack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837
  • Alfred Hack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837
  • Annie Mary Hack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837
  • Bedford Hack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837
  • Edward Hack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837
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  • Richard Hack (b. 1951), American writer
  • Olivia Hack, American actress and voice actress
  • Shelley Marie Hack (b. 1947), American supermodel, actress, producer, and political & media advisor
  • Stanley Camfield Hack (1909-1979), American third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball
  • Maria Hack (1777-1844), English writer of educational books
  • Petra Hack (b. 1970), former German model
  • Wilton Hack (1843-1923), Australian artist, traveller, lecturer and utopist
  • David Hack (b. 1972), former Canadian Football League offensive lineman
  • Franz Hack (1915-1997), German Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS during World War II
  • Margherita Hack (b. 1922), Italian astrophysicist and popular science writer
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Hack Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hack 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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