Show ContentsHackwel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Hackwel family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Hackwel comes from when the family lived in Hawkwell, in Essex. The place-name Hawkwell first appeared in the Domesday Book as Hacuuella. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words haca, which meant "winding, wandering," and wella, which meant "spring" or "stream." As it is unlikely that a spring would wander, this place-name refers to a stream. Therefore, the surname Hackwel means "dweller by the winding stream." 1

Early Origins of the Hackwel family

The surname Hackwel was first found in Essex, on the south-east coast of England, where Roger de Hakewell was the first record of the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 2

Early History of the Hackwel family

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Hackwel Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hackwel has appeared include Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.

Early Notables of the Hackwel family

Distinguished members of the family include William Hakewill (1574-1655), an English legal antiquarian and MP, studied at Exeter College, Oxford. George Hakewill (1578-1649), was an English divine, and third son of John Hakewill, merchant, of Exeter, who married Thomazin, daughter of John Peryam; he was therefore a younger brother of William Hakewill. 3 William...
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Migration of the Hackwel family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hackwel arrived in North America very early: John Hackwell, who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1635 at the age of eighteen.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook