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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.

Hawk Early Origins



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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
On the more romantic side, one reference claims the name derives from the "bird: allusive to keenness of disposition." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Hawk Spelling Variations


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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.

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Hawk Early History


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Hawk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawk research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1705 and 1781 are included under the topic Early Hawk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hawk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hawk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hawk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Hawk, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

Hawk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Hawk arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hawk (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Johnny T. Hawk, American Republican politician, Candidate for Alaska State Senate District T, 1998
  • Kathy Hawk, American Democrat politician, Chair of Marshall County Democratic Party, 2003
  • Leslie E. Hawk, American politician, Representative from Ohio, 1906, 1910
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Hawk


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Suggested Readings for the name Hawk



  • 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.

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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Hawk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hawk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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