The ancestors of the bearers of the Hawkswell family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Hawkwell, in Essex
. The place-name Hawkwell first appeared in the Domesday Book
as Hacuuella. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words haca,
which meant "winding, wandering," and wella,
which meant "spring" or "stream." As it is unlikely that a spring would wander, this place-name refers to a stream. Therefore, the surname Hawkswell means "dweller by the winding stream."
Early Origins of the Hawkswell family
The surname Hawkswell was first found in Essex
, on the south-east coast of England
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Hawkswell family
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Hawkswell Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hawkswell include Hackwell, Hackwill, Hakewell, Hakewill and others.
Early Notables of the Hawkswell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawkswell family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hawkswell or a variant listed above: John Hackwell, who sailed to Boston Massachusetts in 1635 at the age of eighteen.