Show ContentsHorkeshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Horkeshaw comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Hawkshaw in the county of Lancashire. The surname Horkeshaw 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 Horkeshaw family

The surname Horkeshaw was first found in Lancashire at Hawkshaw, a village, now in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester. Hawkshaw was also a village in Peebleshire but was destroyed when the Fruid Reservoir was constructed in 1963.

Adam de Haukesheye was the first record of the family as listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1285. 1

Early History of the Horkeshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horkeshaw research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1375, 1687, 1691, 1693, 1707, 1718 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Horkeshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horkeshaw Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Horkeshaw has been recorded under many different variations, including Hawkshaw, Hawkeshaw, Hawkshore, Hoxie and others.

Early Notables of the Horkeshaw family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Benjamin Hawkshaw (d. 1738), a divine, born in Dublin, and entered Trinity College in 1687. He left Ireland upon the Revolution, and entered St. John's College, Cambridge; graduated B.A. there...
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Ireland Migration of the Horkeshaw family to Ireland

Some of the Horkeshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Horkeshaw family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Horkeshaw or a variant listed above: George Hawkshaw and his son Thomas, who settled in Virginia in 1698; David Hoxie, who came to San Francisco in 1852; and Alexander Hawkshaw, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook