Hawkir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hawkir is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a hawker, or someone who held land in exchange for providing hawks to a lord. The surname Hawkir is derived from the Old English word hafocere, which means falconer or hawker. [1]

Early Origins of the Hawkir family

The surname Hawkir was first found in Gloucestershire where Robert le Haukere was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1214. Mabill Haueker was found in Suffolk in 1221 and Robert le Hauker was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1283. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list some of the early variations of the name: John le Haueker in Wiltshire; and Hugh le Haukere in Cambridgeshire. [3]

Early History of the Hawkir family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawkir research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1723 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Hawkir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hawkir Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hawkir include Hawker, Hawkar, Hawkir and others.

Early Notables of the Hawkir family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Hawker (d. 1723), was an English "portrait-painter, according to Vertue, came to live in Sir Peter Lely's house after Lely's death, in the hope of benefiting by the famous associations of the house. This hope was not realised. He is known by a full-length portrait of the Duke of Grafton...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hawkir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hawkir family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Hawker arrived in the Leeward Islands in 1654; Timothy Hawker arrived in Barbados in 1685.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)


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