Hawkley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hawkley is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the Old English personal name Hafoc, which means hawk. However, the surname Hawkley 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 Hawkley 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 Hawkley family
The surname Hawkley 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.  On the more romantic side, one reference claims the name derives from the "bird: allusive to keenness of disposition." 
Early History of the Hawkley family
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Hawkley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hawkley have been found, including Hawk, Hawke, Hawkes, Hauk, Hauke and others.
Early Notables of the Hawkley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawkley family to Ireland
Some of the Hawkley 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.
Hawkley migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hawkley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Richard Hawkley, (b. 1837), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Plantagenet" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th February 1857 
- Mrs. Mareanne Hawkley, (b. 1838), aged 19, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Plantagenet" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th February 1857 
- Miss Sarah P. Hawkley, (b. 1856), aged Infant, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Plantagenet" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th February 1857 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hawkley (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the Hawkley family +
- Mr. Robert Hawkley, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
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