Hawkrigg is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Hawkshaw in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Hawkrigg belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Hawkrigg family
The surname Hawkrigg was first found in Lancashire
at Hawkshaw, a village, now in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester. Hawkshaw was also a village in Peebleshire but was destroyed when the Fruid Reservoir was constructed in 1963.
Early History of the Hawkrigg family
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Hawkrigg Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hawkrigg family name include Hawkshaw, Hawkeshaw, Hawkshore, Hoxie and others.
Early Notables of the Hawkrigg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawkrigg family to Ireland
Some of the Hawkrigg family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hawkrigg family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hawkrigg surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Hawkshaw and his son Thomas, who settled in Virginia in 1698; David Hoxie, who came to San Francisco in 1852; and Alexander Hawkshaw, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855..