Show ContentsHokin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Hokin emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Hokin is derived from Hocc, a pet form of the Old English personal name Hocca. This pet form is supplemented by the diminutive suffix -el. [1]

Another source claims "the Hokings, according to Ferguson, were a Frisian people, and derived their name from one Hoce, mentioned in the poem of Beowulf." [2]

And another source notes "Hawkins, Hockin, and Hocking are familiar Cornish variants of Hawkin." [3]

Early Origins of the Hokin family

The surname Hokin was first found in Cornwall where the first record of the family was Robery Hokyn who was listed on the Ministers' Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall in 1297. A few years later, John Hokyn was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. Many years later, Christopher Hockins and Abel Hockinge were listed on the Protestant Returns for Devon in 1642. [1]

"There are two gentlemen's seats in the parish of [Lewannick, Cornwall], both of which are ancient; Trewanta Hall, the residence of William Hocken, Esq. and Treliske or Trelaske, the property and abode of Samuel Archer, Esq." [4]

Early History of the Hokin family

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Hokin Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Hocking, Hockin, Hockings, Hockins, Hokings and many more.

Early Notables of the Hokin family (pre 1700)

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United States Hokin migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Hokin

Hokin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ella Hokin, aged 28, an English immigrant to America aboard the Majestic from Liverpool, England in 1906
  • William Hokin, aged 21, an Australian immigrant from Kalgoorli, Australia to America aboard the Saint Paul from Southampton, England February 3, 1911

Australia Hokin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hokin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hokin, an English bricklayer who with his wife Mary and their children William (14), John (12), Mary (10), Thomas (8), David (5) and Charles (2) sailed aboard the Parmelia arriving at the Swan River Colony in Western Australia in 1829

Contemporary Notables of the name Hokin (post 1700) +

  • Richard Hokin, American director of Northern Power Systems, Vermont, Managing Director of Century America, LLC
  • Christopher Hokin, American actor, known for his work on Come Out Fighting (2016), Grey State (2013) and Misery Loves Company (2013)
  • Dana Hokin (b. 1967), American founder of DHE Consulting, a hospitality marketing, design and management firm in Chicago; director of the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands
  • Mabel Ruth Hokin (1924-2003), born Mabel Ruth Neaverson, an English-born, American biochemist at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, known for her discovery of the phosphoinositide effect

The Hokin 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: Hoc in loco Deas rupes
Motto Translation: Here God is a rock.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print on Facebook