Hakwell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Hakwell means "dweller by the winding stream."
Early Origins of the Hakwell family
The surname Hakwell 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 Hakwell family
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Hakwell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hakwell family name include Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.
Early Notables of the Hakwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hakwell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hakwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Hackwell, who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1635 at the age of eighteen.