Hawkey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hawkey was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the Old English personal name Hafoc, which means hawk. However, the surname Hawkey 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 Hawkey 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 Hawkey family

The surname Hawkey 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] On the more romantic side, one reference claims the name derives from the "bird: allusive to keenness of disposition." [2]

Important Dates for the Hawkey family

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Hawkey Spelling Variations

Hawkey 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 Hawkey have been found, including Hawk, Hawke, Hawkes, Hauk, Hauke and others.

Early Notables of the Hawkey family (pre 1700)

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Hawkey 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 Hawkeys to arrive on North American shores:

Hawkey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hawkey, who settled in New York, NY in 1820
  • William Hawkey, who settled in Michigan in 1865

Hawkey migration to Australia

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

Hawkey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hawkey, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [3]
  • Mr. James Hawkey, (b. 1867), aged 22, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Dacca" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 1st April 1889 [4]

Hawkey 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:

Hawkey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Jane Hawkey, (b. 1854), aged 21, Cornish settler departing on 30th June 1875 aboard the ship "Merope" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd September 1875 [5]
  • Mr. Tom Hawkey, (b. 1853), aged 22, Cornish shoemaker departing on 30th June 1875 aboard the ship "Merope" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd September 1875 [5]
  • Mrs. Jane Hawkey, (b. 1854), aged 21, Cornish settler departing on 30th June 1875 aboard the ship "Merope" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd September 1875 [6]
  • Mr. Tom Hawkey, (b. 1853), aged 22, Cornish shoemaker departing on 30th June 1875 aboard the ship "Merope" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 22nd September 1875 [6]
  • Mr. Charles Hawkey, (b. 1853), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 4th December 1875 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th February 1876 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hawkey (post 1700)

  • Rich Hawkey, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 4th District, 1980 [7]
  • Raymond "Ray" Hawkey (b. 1930), English graphic designer and author

Historic Events for the Hawkey family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • William Henry Hawkey (d. 1945), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Derrick B Hawkey (b. 1921), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Parkstone, Dorsetshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]

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.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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