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.
Early History of the Horkeshaw family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horkeshaw research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1285 and 1375 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 (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horkeshaw family to Ireland
Some of the Horkeshaw family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 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 Horkeshaw family to the New World and Oceana
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..