Show ContentsHawkshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hawkshaw name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Hawkshaw in the county of Lancashire. The surname Hawkshaw 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 Hawkshaw family

The surname Hawkshaw 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.

Adam de Haukesheye was the first record of the family as listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1285. [1]

Early History of the Hawkshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawkshaw research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1375, 1687, 1691, 1693, 1707, 1718 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Hawkshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hawkshaw Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hawkshaw were recorded, including Hawkshaw, Hawkeshaw, Hawkshore, Hoxie and others.

Early Notables of the Hawkshaw family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Benjamin Hawkshaw (d. 1738), a divine, born in Dublin, and entered Trinity College in 1687. He left Ireland upon the Revolution, and entered St. John's College, Cambridge

Ireland Migration of the Hawkshaw family to Ireland

Some of the Hawkshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hawkshaw migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hawkshaw family emigrate to North America:

Hawkshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Hawkshaw and his son Thomas, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Hawkshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Hawkshaw, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name Hawkshaw (post 1700) +

  • Kirsty Hawkshaw (b. 1969), English electronic music vocalist and songwriter, lead vocalist of early 1990s dance group Opus III
  • Lady Ann Hawkshaw (1812-1885), née Jackson, an English poet who published four volumes of poetry between 1842 and 1871, wife of Sir John Hawkshaw
  • Sir John Hawkshaw (1811-1891), English engineer, responsible for the Charing Cross and Cannon Street railways and strong proponent of the proposed Suez Canal
  • William Alan Hawkshaw BEM (1937-2021), British composer and performer, particularly of library music used as themes for movies and television programs, father of dance artist Kirsty Hawkshaw
  • Benjamin Hawkshaw (d. 1738), Irish Anglican divine, born in Dublin, he left Ireland during the Glorious Revolution to study at St. John's College, Cambridge but later returned to the parish of St. Nicholas-within-the-Walls at Dublin
  • John Clarke Hawkshaw (1841-1921), British civil engineer, son of Sir John Hawkshaw

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook