Hawk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Hawk family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the Old English personal name Hafoc, which means hawk. However, the surname Hawk may have been applied as a nickname to someone with a wild or cruel disposition. It may also be an occupational surname given to a "hawker" or someone who held land in exchange for providing hawks to a lord. Lastly, the surname Hawk may be a local surname given to someone who lived in a nook or corner; in this case, the surname is derived from the Old English word halke, which means nook or corner.
Early Origins of the Hawk family
The surname Hawk was first found in Lincolnshire where Jocelin de Hawke was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. While this is the first listing of the name, years later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Records of 1379 list: Thomas Hauke; Thomas Hauke, coteler; Adam Hawke; and Johannes Hawke.  On the more romantic side, one reference claims the name derives from the "bird: allusive to keenness of disposition." 
Early History of the Hawk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawk research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1705, 1781, 1703, 1759, 1720, 1722, 1725, 1747 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Hawk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hawk Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hawk include Hawk, Hawke, Hawkes, Hauk, Hauke and others.
Early Notables of the Hawk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawk family to Ireland
Some of the Hawk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hawk migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hawk were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Hawk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mathew Hawk, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638 
Hawk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andrew Hawk, who was on record in Pennsylvania in 1743
- Andrew Hawk, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743 
- John B Hawk, who arrived in New England in 1773 
Hawk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anthony B Hawk, who arrived in New York in 1819 
Hawk migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hawk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Gabriel Hawk, who arrived in Canada in 1834
- John Hawk, who landed in Canada in 1834
- Benjamin Hawk, who landed in Canada in 1841
Hawk migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hawk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Hawk, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
Hawk migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Hawk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J. Hawk, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852
Contemporary Notables of the name Hawk (post 1700) +
- David L. Hawk (b. 1948), American management theorist, architect, and systems scientist, specializing in environmental management
- Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk (b. 1968), nicknamed "The Birdman," American professional skateboarder and actor; known for his pioneering work and for his licensed video game titles
- Sergeant John Druse "Bud" Hawk (b. 1924), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
- Aaron James "A. J." Hawk (b. 1984), American NFL football linebacker
- James G. Hawk, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Armstrong County, 1926 
- Gordon L. Hawk, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1964 
- Fred J. Hawk, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1938 
- E. L. Hawk, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1908 
- C. C. Hawk, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1936 
- Larry Echo Hawk, American Democrat politician, Idaho State Attorney General, 1991-95; Candidate for Governor of Idaho, 1994 
- ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Hawk +
- 1904 Adam Hawkes (also Hawk) of Saugus, Massachusetts, 1605-1672; The First Six Generations in America by Ethel Farrington Smith, Early German Hawk Families of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania by Kenneth Hawk Slaker.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html