The surname Hewkin is ultimately derived from the Old French personal name
Hu(gh)e, which came to Britain with the Normans
. This name is a diminutive form, and uses the suffix 'kin', which had the meaning of 'little'. The patronymic
form Howkins is by far the most common form of the name, and is found mostly in Leicester, England
. In some cases the name no doubt evolved from the name Hawkins.
Early Origins of the Hewkin family
The surname Hewkin was first found in Warwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say perhaps even before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hewkin family
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Hewkin 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 Hewkin have been found, including Howkins, Howkin, Hewkin, Huckin, Hukin, Hukyns and others.
Early Notables of the Hewkin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewkin family to Ireland
Some of the Hewkin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 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 Hewkin 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 Hewkin, or a variant listed above: Richard Howkins, who was naturalized in Marine court, New York city in 1837; Thomas Howkins, who pledged an oath of allegiance in Philadelphia in 1859.
The Hewkin Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours en avant
Motto Translation: Always on the go.