Hawkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Hawkins family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Hawkins comes from the Old English personal name Hafoc, which continued to be in use until the 13th century. The surname Hawkins was originally derived from the form Havec and the addition of the diminutive suffix -in, which forms Havek-in. The name Hawkins has also been popularly regarded as a pet form of the personal name Henry.

Early Origins of the Hawkins family

The surname Hawkins was first found in Kent at Hawkinge or Hackynge, a parish in the union of Elham, hundred of Folkestone which dates back to at least 1204 when it was listed as Hauekinge and literally meant "place frequented by hawks" or "place of a man called Hafoc", derived from the Old English personal name "hafac" + ing. [1]

The present town and civil parish is almost 1 mile (1.3km) east of the original village and is best known as the home of RAF Hawkinge, the closest operational airfield to France and was used extensively during the Battle of Britain in World War II. "Part of the lands and tithes [of East Wickham, Kent] were given by the famous admiral, Sir John Hawkins, in the reign of Elizabeth, to the hospital for distressed mariners founded by him at Chatham, to which they still belong." [2]

The family is from " the manor of Hawkinge, Kent, held by Walter Hawkin, 1326 (Parliamentary Writs). The family had previously borne the name of Flegg, for William de Flegg, 13th cent., held a fief in Hawking (Testa de Neville). The family had been seated at Flegg, Norfolk, t. Henry II. " [3]

"The Hawkinses of The Gaer, co. Monmouth, and those of Cantlowes, co. Middlesex, claim a local origin from the parish of Hawking, near Folkestone, in Kent, of which Osbert de Hawking was possessor temp. Henry II. The family removed to Nash Court in the parish of Boughtonunder-Bleane in the same county, and there remained until the year 1800. " [4]

Early History of the Hawkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawkins research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1532, 1595, 1553, 1588, 1562, 1622, 1554, 1490, 1589, 1553, 1532, 1595, 1534, 1514, 1571, 1646, 1571, 1575, 1635, 1640, 1662, 1729, 1719, 1611, 1659, 1628, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Hawkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hawkins Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hawkins include Hawkins, Hawkin, Haykins, Haykin and others.

Early Notables of the Hawkins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Hawkins or Hawkyns (1532-1595), English admiral, second son of William Hawkyns (d. 1553), leader of the Sea Dogs, knighted after he commanded the "Victory" in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) [5] His only son, Sir Richard Hawkins or Hawkyns (1562?-1622), was a British Naval Commander and was brought up almost from infancy among ships and seamen, whether at Plymouth or Deptford. [5] William Hawkins of Hawkyns (d. 1554?), was a sea-captain and merchant, son of John Hawkyns of Tavistock (d. before 1490.) [5] William Hawkins or Hawkyns (d. 1589), was a sea-captain and merchant...
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Ireland Migration of the Hawkins family to Ireland

Some of the Hawkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hawkins migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hawkins or a variant listed above:

Hawkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hawkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [6]
  • Thomas Hawkins, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • Robert Hawkins, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630 [6]
  • Thomas Hawkins, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Job Hawkins, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hawkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abra Hawkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [6]
  • Eliza Hawkins, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [6]
  • John Hawkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Robert Hawkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Susannah Hawkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hawkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Hawkins, who landed in America in 1806 [6]
  • James Hawkins, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Jane Hawkins, aged 40, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1812 [6]
  • Thomas Hawkins, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [6]
  • John Hawkins, who landed in New York in 1825 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hawkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred Hawkins, who arrived in Alabama in 1924 [6]

Canada Hawkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hawkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Hawkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jos Hawkins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Michael Hawkins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
Hawkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Hawkins, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross
  • Emily Hawkins, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Hawkins, aged 26, a spinster, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Thomas Hawkins, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Mrs. Mary Hawkins, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Bolton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hawkins migration to Australia +

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

Hawkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Hawkins 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:

Hawkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hawkins, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Hawkins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Harrington
  • Mr. Hawkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harrington" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 15th June 1841 [12]
  • Mrs. Hawkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harrington" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 15th June 1841 [12]
  • George Hawkins, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harrington" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hawkins (post 1700) +

  • Clifton Alexander "Alex" Hawkins (1937-2017), American football running back in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and Atlanta Falcons
  • Ernest Ray Hawkins (1927-2018), American football coach, basketball coach, and athletic director
  • Edwin Reuben Hawkins (1943-2018), American gospel musician, pianist, choir master, composer, and arranger, best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day"
  • Cornelius "Connie" L. Hawkins (1942-2017), nicknamed The Hawk, an American National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association player, Harlem Globetrotter
  • Frederick "Erick" Hawkins (1909-1994), American modern-dance choreographer and dancer, recipient of the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton
  • Thomas Jerome "Tom" Hawkins (1936-2017), American professional basketball player
  • Thomas R. Hawkins (1840-1870), African-American Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • John Parker Hawkins (1830-1914), Union Army brigadier general of volunteers during the American Civil War
  • Brad Hawkins (b. 1976), American film actor, television actor, a country singer, and martial artist
  • Benjamin Charles Hawkins (b. 1944), retired American NFL football wide receiver, nicknamed the "Hawk"
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Alfred  Hawkins, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. Arthur Herbert  Hawkins (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. Christopher  Hawkins (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest H Hawkins (b. 1906), English Shipwright 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Joseph W Hawkins, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Albert H Hawkins, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Michael Hawkins, British Midshipman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Albert Henry Hawkins, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Sidney George Hawkins, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Walter James Hawkins (1917-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
  • Kenneth Richard John Hawkins (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Anthony Lacey Hawkins (1931-1988), English Businessman from Brooklyn, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Handel Hawkins, English Cellist from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Frederick William Hawkins, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Russell Dean Hawkins, American Signalman Third Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]


The Hawkins Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.


Suggested Readings for the name Hawkins +

  • 168 Our Hawkins Cousins: Including the Ancestry and Descendants of John Hawkins (1813-1897) and the Women He Married, Eveline P. Goodlett (1815-1848) and Sarah Adelaine Gaston (1817-1897) by Delores Hawkins McDonald, Appo, Fisher, Hawkins: GEnealogy of Dr. Annette Hawkins Eaton and R. Walter Lincoln Hawkin by Paul E. Sluby.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 32)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  18. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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