Hawksworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hawksworth first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in one of two similarly-named places. The parish of Hawksworth is located eight miles from Newark in Nottinghamshire. The township of Hawkswith is in the parish of Arncliffe in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hawksworth 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 Hawksworth family

The surname Hawksworth was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hawksworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawksworth research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1715 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Hawksworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hawksworth Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hawksworth has appeared include Hawkesworth, Hawksworth, Hawkeworth and others.

Early Notables of the Hawksworth family (pre 1700)

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Hawksworth migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hawksworth arrived in North America very early:

Hawksworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hawksworth, who settled in Barbados in 1680
  • William Hawksworth and his servants settled in Barbados in 1680
Hawksworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles and Thomas Hawksworth, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860

Hawksworth migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hawksworth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Adam Hawksworth, who arrived in Nova Sootia in 1774
  • Elizth Hawksworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • George Hawksworth, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Hannah Hawksworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Hawksworth, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Hawksworth (post 1700)

  • Frederick W Hawksworth (1884-1976), British Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway
  • Derek Marshall Hawksworth (b. 1927), former English footballer who played from 1946 to 1961
  • David Hawksworth, Canadian founder and owner of Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver, the youngest chef to be inducted into the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame
  • Jack Hawksworth (b. 1991), British racing driver
  • David Leslie Hawksworth (b. 1946), British mycologist and lichenologist
  • Erin Hawksworth (b. 1981), Canadian sports anchor and reporter, sister of Blake Hawksworth
  • Blake Edward Hawksworth (b. 1983), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher from North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Johnny Hawksworth (b. 1924), British musician and composer
  • Major Frederick Hawksworth Fawkes (1870-1936), British Conservative Party politician and soldier, Member of Parliament for Pudsey & Otley (1922-1923)
  • Admiral Sir Wilmot Hawksworth Fawkes GCB KCVO (1846-1926), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
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