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. But, the surname also evolved from a nickname, for someone with a Hawk-like, or "wild" disposition. [1] [2] [3]

It may also be an occupational surname given to a "hawker" or someone who held land in exchange for providing hawks to a lord. [4]

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.

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

Early Origins of the Hawkey family

The surname Hawkey was first found in Hampshire where Hauok was found in 1066 at Winton. Roger Hauech was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Dorset in 1176 and later, Robert Hauk was found in the Assize Rolls for Northumberland in 1269. Walter le Hauek was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [4]

This same source has another interesting entry: "Osbertus filius Hauoc c1115 [who was found as an Old English Byname in Oxfordshire] is probably to be identified with Osbern Hauoc (ibid.). His father bore the OE name of Hafoc 'hawk'." [4]

In 1130 the Pipe Rolls list Ralph Hauoc who owed the exchequer two 'Girfals', gerfalcons or hawks. Other early record from the same source include: William del Halk who was found in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in 1188; Adam de Halk in the Assize Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1260; and William atte Halk and Alan Hauke in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing for the name, that of Jocelin de Hawke, but no county was provided. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Records of 1379 list: Thomas Hauke; Thomas Hauke, cottier; Adam Hawke; and Johannes Hawke. [3]

Early History of the Hawkey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawkey research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1577, 1601, 1705, 1781, 1705, 1718, 1719, 1725, 1727, 1703, 1759, 1720, 1722, 1725, 1747 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Hawkey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Hawke (1705-1781), British admiral, 1st Baron Hawke of Towton, county Yorkshire. He was "born in London in 1705, was only son of Edward Hawke, barrister, of Lincoln's Inn. His father's family was settled for many generations at Treriven in Cornwall. In 1718 his father died, and Hawke, left the ward of his uncle, Martin Bladen, entered the navy on 20 Feb. 1719 as a volunteer on board the Seahorse, commanded by Captain Thomas Durell...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hawkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hawkey family to Ireland

Some of the Hawkey 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.


United States 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
  • Miss Susan Hawkey, (b. 1860), aged 30, Cornish settler departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Etruria" arriving in the United States on 16 June 1890 [5]
Hawkey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Thomas Hawkey, (b. 1866), aged 34, Cornish miner from St. Dennis, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th March 1900 en route to Red Jacket, Michigan, USA [6]
  • Mr. George Hawkey, (b. 1876), aged 28, Cornish slater from Delabole, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 26th March 1904 en route to Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA [6]
  • Mr. Richard Hawkey, (b. 1882), aged 23, Cornish miner from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 25th June 1905 en route to Kearsarge, Michigan, USA [6]

Australia 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" [7]
  • Mr. James Hawkey, (b. 1867), aged 22, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Dacca" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 1st April 1889 [8]

New Zealand 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 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • 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 [10]
  • 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 [10]
  • 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 [9]
  • ... (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 [11]
  • Raymond "Ray" Hawkey (b. 1930), English graphic designer and author

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 [12]
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 [13]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  13. ^ 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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