Hawkay is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the Old English personal name Hafoc,
which means hawk.
However, the surname Hawkay 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 Hawkay 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
Early Origins of the Hawkay family
The surname Hawkay 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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Hawkay family
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Hawkay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hawkay has been recorded under many different variations, including Hawk, Hawke, Hawkes, Hauk, Hauke and others.
Early Notables of the Hawkay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawkay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hawkay or a variant listed above: Mathew and Margaret Hawke, who arrived in Boston in 1630 and later moved to Salem; John Hawke, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1630; Mary Hawkes, who came to Virginia in 1635.