The forefathers of the Halkrawe family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland
in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Halkrawe surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone lived in Halcro, in South Ronaldsey, Orkney
. The place-name is taken from the place-name Halcro in Caithness
, where the family originated.
Early Origins of the Halkrawe family
The surname Halkrawe was first found in Caithness
(Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland
, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness
, in Scotland
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and where family tradition claims that they are descended from the natural son of King Sverrir of Norway. At early times the family migrated to South Ronaldsay where they gave their name to the lands called Halcro. Today Halcrow is a hamlet in northern Manitoba, Canada, but the origin of the place is unknown.
Early History of the Halkrawe family
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Halkrawe Spelling Variations
Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations
of the name Halkrawe include Halcroe, Halcro, Halcrow, Halcrough, Hacro, Hawcro, Halkrawe, Haucro and many more.
Early Notables of the Halkrawe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Halkrawe family to the New World and Oceana
In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence
provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan
societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Halkrawe or a variant listed above: Magnus Halcro who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1774; with his wife Elizabeth and son Hugh; William Hacro settled in Virginia in 1653.