Horkeswell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Hackinsall in Lancashire
, in Hauxwell in the North Riding of Yorkshire
, or in a now-lost place called Hawkeswell in Sevington in Kent
. The surname Horkeswell 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 Horkeswell family
The surname Horkeswell was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Horkeswell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horkeswell research.Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1404, 1524, 1712, 1762 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Horkeswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horkeswell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Horkeswell family name include Haxcel, Axel, Axcel, Axall, Haukewell, Haukeswell, Haxhulle, Haxsall, Haxwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Horkeswell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horkeswell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Horkeswell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Humfry Axall, who sailed to New England
in 1678; and Thomas Axall to America in 1769.