Show ContentsHakewil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Hakewil surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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 Hakewil means "dweller by the winding stream." [1]

Early Origins of the Hakewil family

The surname Hakewil 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 Hakewil family

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Hakewil 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 Hakewil include Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.

Early Notables of the Hakewil 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 Ha...
  • William Halewill (1574-1655), was an English legal antiquary, eldest son and heir of John Hakewill, and brother of George Hakewill. He was born in the parish of St. Mary Arches, Exeter. [3]
  • Henry Hakewill (1771-1830), was the distinguished architect who built Wolverton Church, the 1st Church of St. Peter at Eaton Square. [3]

Migration of the Hakewil family

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: 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