Hawe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hawe was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the Old French personal name Haueis and the Old German personal name Hadewidis, which literally means battlewide. The surname Hawe may also be derived from residence "at the haw", which refers to a garth, yard, or enclosure. [1]

Another source presumes that the name was derived from "dweller by the enclosure", from the Old English "haga" or Old Norse "hagi." "Hawe is clearly a pet-form of some common name, but of what it is difficult to decide. It may be for Old English for 'Hafoc.' " [2]

Early Origins of the Hawe family

The surname Hawe was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where we found Alan del Hawes, Cambridgeshire; John de la Hawe, Huntingdonshire; Peter in le Hawe, Kent; Reginald filius Hawise, Cambridgeshire; Richard Hawyse, Oxfordshire; and Hawis de Stanweye, Norfolk. [1]

In the early years, the name was used as both a forename and surname as seen by this entry in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1286: Hawe de Bolinton. And more often than not, the name was used in a singular form as in William and Thomas Hawe who were listed in the Susidy Rolls of 1275 in Worcestershire. [2]

Early Norfolk records showed Maurice atte-Hawe, was Rector of Frethorp, Norfolk in 1349 and William atte-Hawe, was Rector of Newton, Norfolk in 1362. [3]

In the far south and west, in the parish of Stratton, Cornwall we found this interesting entry for the family: "Towards the conclusion of the fourteenth century, these estates were carried by an heiress to Sir Richard Haweis, whose daughter married, first, Sir John Tresilian, chief justice of the King's Bench, and, then Sir, John Coleshill, to whom Guy de Blanchminster rector of Lansalloes, released in 1393, all right in the manors of Stratton and Binnamy. From this family they were carried by an heiress to a younger branch of the Arundells, which becoming extinct, they were divided among its numerous representatives." [4]

Early History of the Hawe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawe research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1327, 1379, 1378, 1332, 1523, 1606, 1606, 1603, 1668, 1603, 1604, 1623, 1627, 1665 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Hawe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hawe Spelling Variations

Hawe has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hawe have been found, including Hawes, Hawe, Haugh, Haughes, Hause and others.

Early Notables of the Hawe family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Stephen Hawes (died 1523), a popular English poet during the Tudor period. His best known work was "The History of Graunde Amour and la Bel Pucel, conteining the knowledge of the Seven Sciences and the Course of Mans Life in this Woride or The Passetyme of Pleasure." Edward Hawes ( fl. 1606), was an English poet, was author of 'Trayterous Percyes and Catesbyes Prosopopeia. Written by Edward Hawes, Scholler at Westminster, a Youth of sixteene yeers...
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hawe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hawe migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hawes to arrive on North American shores:

Hawe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hawe, aged 25, who landed in Maryland in 1684 [5]

Canada Hawe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hawe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Hawe, aged 45 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle on June 25th, 1847 [6]
  • Mrs. Margaret Hawe, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Aberfoyle" departing 27th May 1847 from Waterford, Ireland; the ship arrived on 4th July 1847 but she died on board [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hawe (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Maureen Hawe B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone [8]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Page, William (ed), A History of the County of Norfolk. London: Victoria County History, 1906. Print
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 32)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 79)
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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