Anglo-Saxon name Hakewill comes from when the family 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 Hakewill means "dweller by the winding stream."
Early Origins of the Hakewill family
Essex, on the south-east coast of England, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Hakewill family
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Hakewill Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hakewill has been recorded under many different variations, including Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.
Early Notables of the Hakewill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hakewill family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hakewill or a variant listed above: John Hackwell, who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1635 at the age of eighteen.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hakewill (post 1700)
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