Anglo-Saxon name Hackwil comes from the family having resided 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 Hackwil means "dweller by the winding stream."
Early Origins of the Hackwil family
Essex, on the south-east coast of England, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Hackwil family
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Hackwil Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.
Early Notables of the Hackwil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hackwil family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hackwils to arrive on North American shores: John Hackwell, who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1635 at the age of eighteen.
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