Hackney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Hackney surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Hackney, a place-name from Middlesex. The exact location of Hackney is in what is now Greater London. The place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Haca, and the suffix eg, which meant "island or dry ground in a marsh." The place-name was rendered as Hakaneia in 1198, and is Hackney today. 
Early Origins of the Hackney family
The surname Hackney was first found in the county of Middlesex, at Hackney, a parish, forming a union with StokeNewington.   " It was among the earliest of the adjacent villages inhabited by the more opulent merchants of London; and from its having been the first of those retreats provided with regular conveyances to the city, it is erroneously supposed to have given name to the coaches which ply in the streets of the metropolis, and in the principal towns in the kingdom." 
As one would expect, early rolls included London records. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Benedict de Hakeneye; and Robert de Hakeneye, both of London. Later in northern England, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Adam de Hakenay. 
Later the Subsidy Rolls for Essex included an entry for John Hakeney in 1327 and another entry for him in Colchester in 1329. William Mopps Hakenyman was listed at Pinchbeck, Suffolk in 1327. 
In Scotland, "Adam called Hakenay had a charter of lands in Ayr, 1316. Johannes Kahew alias Haknay, [was] burgess of Edinburgh, 1467." 
Early History of the Hackney family
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Hackney Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hackney include Hackney, Hackny, Hackeney, Hackneyman and others.
Early Notables of the Hackney family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Hackney is the 3,110th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Hackney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hackney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hackney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hackney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Hackney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century