Hookay is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a person who made hooks or an agricultural worker who used hooks. The name Hookay was also applied to someone who lived near a bend or hill-spur. The surname Hookay is derived from the Old English word hoc,
which means hook.
Early Origins of the Hookay family
The surname Hookay was first found in Norfolk
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.
Early History of the Hookay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hookay research.Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1558, 1554, 1600, 1586 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Hookay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hookay 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 Hookay has appeared include Hooker, Hookers and others.
Early Notables of the Hookay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Hooker (1554?-1600) was a noted English theologian who wrote "The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity"; and Rev. Thomas Hooker (1586-1647), a prominent Puritan colonial leader who... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hookay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hookay family to Ireland
Some of the Hookay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Hookay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hookay arrived in North America very early: John Hooker and his son settled in Barbados in 1678; Joanna, John, Mary, Robert, Samuel, Sarah, Susannah, and Thomas Hooker settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1633.