The ancestry of the name Hakewell dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It 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 Hakewell means "dweller by the winding stream."
Early Origins of the Hakewell family
The surname Hakewell was first found in Essex
, on the south-east coast of England
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Hakewell family
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Hakewell Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hakewell have been found, including Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.
Early Notables of the Hakewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hakewell family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hakewell, or a variant listed above: John Hackwell, who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1635 at the age of eighteen.