Early Origins of the Hawksley family
The surname Hawksley was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when William de Hauckesey held estates in Lancashire
being from Worcestershire.
Early History of the Hawksley family
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Hawksley 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 Hawksley have been found, including Hawksley, Hawkesley, Hakesley, Horkesley, Horksley, Haxley, Hawxley, Howxley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hawksley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawksley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hawksley, or a variant listed above:
Hawksley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph F Hawksley, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Hawksley (post 1700)
- James Hawksley, American actor, known for Age of Reason, Grown Up Movie Star (2009) and Closet Monster (2015)
- Thomas Hawksley (1807-1893), English civil engineer, known or his early water supply and coal gas engineering projects
- Roy Hawksley (1942-1961), English rugby league player who played from 1961 to 1975
- Lucinda Hawksley, English writer, great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens
- Phillip Warren Hawksley (b. 1943), British politician, Member of Parliament for The Wrekin from 1979
- James Hawksley (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions from 2008 to 2012
- Humphrey Hawksley, British journalist, a foreign correspondent for the BBC since the early 1980s
- Dominic Hawksley (b. 1952), British actor, known for Guiding Light, Max Payne (2001) and Death Machine (1994)
- Charles Hawksley (1839-1917), British civil engineer, son of civil engineer Thomas Hawksley
- Hawksley Workman (b. 1975), born Ryan Corrigan, Canadian rock singer-songwriter