Show ContentsHaskins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Haskins family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the name Os, which is a short form for several personal names, including Osgod, Osbeorn, and Osmær. Os is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin. While early records almost all include the "O" prefix, over the years this was dropped and now we typically find the name with an "H" prefix. One source notes that the name could have been derived from the Dutch personal name, Huskens. [1]

Early Origins of the Haskins family

The surname Haskins was first found in Lancashire at Heskin, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland. "Heskin being a joint manor with Eccleston, descended with it from the Gernets and Dacres to the family of Molyneux, of Sefton." [2]

Early London rolls included the two earliest records of the family. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1274 listed Osekin (without surname) and Robert Osekin. [3] [4]

Peter Osekyn was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1306 in Essex, and later Thomas Hoskyns was listed in Berkshire in 1463. [4]

Early History of the Haskins family

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Haskins Spelling Variations

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 Haskins have been found, including Hoskins, Hoskin, Hosken, Hoskyne, Hoskyns, Haskin, Haskins, Hasken, Haskyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Haskins family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Serjeant John Hoskins (1566-1638), an English poet, scholar of Greek, and politician. He was born at Monton or Monkton, now known as Monnington-upon-Wye, in the parish of Llanwarne, Herefordshire, an estate of which his family had long possessed the leasehold interest and was the son of John Hoskins. [5] Jane Fenn Hoskens (1694-1764), was an English author and early immigrant to America. The Hoskyns of Harewood in the County of Hereford, is a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 18 December 1676 for Bennet Hoskyns, Member of Parliament for Wendover, Hereford...
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Haskins Ranking

In the United States, the name Haskins is the 1,554th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [6]

United States Haskins migration to the United States +

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. Among the first immigrants of the name Haskins, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Haskins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Haskins, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Haskins, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Haskins, who landed in America in 1654-1679 [7]
  • Anthony Haskins, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [7]
  • Anne Haskins, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [7]
Haskins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Haniball Haskins, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [7]
Haskins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Haskins, who arrived in New York in 1819 [7]
  • William Haskins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]

Canada Haskins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haskins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abel Haskins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]
  • Mr. Abiel Haskins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]

Australia Haskins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Haskins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Haskins, English convict who was convicted in Devizes, Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Haskins, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Henry Haskins, (b. 1819), aged 40, Cornish settler who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia convicted at Darlinghurst Gaol in 1859 [11]

West Indies Haskins migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Haskins Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Lewis and Edward Haskins, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Haskins (post 1700) +

  • Clarence Eugene "Fuzzy" Haskins (1941-2023), American singer, known for his work with The Parliaments, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Dwayne Haskins Jr. (1997-2022), American NFL football quarterback who played for three seasons, winner of the Sammy Baugh Trophy and Kellen Moore Award, along with several conference honors
  • Fred Haskins, former golf teaching professional at the Country Club of Columbus, Georgia, eponym of the Haskins Award
  • Todd Haskins (b. 1972), retired American soccer defender, member of the U.S. U-16 national team at the 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship
  • Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1937), American historian of the Middle Ages, and advisor to US President Woodrow Wilson; considered to be America's first medieval historian
  • Caryl P Haskins (1908-2001), American scientist, author, founder and Director of Haskins Laboratories
  • Dennis Haskins (b. 1950), American actor, best known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell (1989-1993)
  • Donald Lee Haskins (1930-2008), American collegiate basketball coach and player
  • Django Haskins (b. 1973), American singer-songwriter
  • Dave Haskins, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 6th District, 1980 [13]
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The Haskins Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Finem respice
Motto Translation: Consider the end

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  13. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook