Hawkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hawkinson is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the Old English personal name Hafoc, which continued to be in use until the 13th century. The surname Hawkinson was originally derived from the form Havec and the addition of the diminutive suffix -in, which forms Havek-in. The name Hawkinson has also been popularly regarded as a pet form of the personal name Henry.
Early Origins of the Hawkinson family
The surname Hawkinson 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. 
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." 
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. " 
"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. " 
Early History of the Hawkinson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawkinson 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 Hawkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hawkinson Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hawkinson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hawkinson include: Hawkins, Hawkin, Haykins, Haykin and others.
Early Notables of the Hawkinson 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) 
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. 
William Hawkins of Hawkyns (d. 1554?), was a sea-captain and merchant, son of John Hawkyns of Tavistock (d. before 1490.) 
William Hawkins or Hawkyns (d. 1589), was a sea-captain and merchant...
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Migration of the Hawkinson family to Ireland
Some of the Hawkinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hawkinson migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hawkinson or a variant listed above:
Hawkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Hawkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1635 
Hawkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Hawkinson, who landed in Minnesota in 1880 
Hawkinson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Olaf Hawkinson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1915 
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The Hawkinson 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.
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- ^ 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)