Horkins is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived from the Old English personal name Hafoc,
which continued to be in use until the 13th century. The surname Horkins was originally derived from the form Havec
and the addition of the diminutive suffix -in,
which forms Havek-in.
The name Horkins has also been popularly regarded as a pet form of the personal name Henry.
Early Origins of the Horkins family
The surname Horkins was first found in Kent
at Hawkinge or Hackynge, a parish in the union of Elham, hundred
of Folkestone which dates back to at least 1204 when it was listed as Hauekinge and literally meant "place frequented by hawks" or "place of a man called Hafoc", derived from the Old English personal name
"hafac" + ing. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The present town and civil parish is almost 1 mile (1.3km) east of the original village and is best known as the home of RAF Hawkinge, the closest operational airfield to France and was used extensively during the Battle of Britain in World War II. "Part of the lands and tithes [of East Wickham, Kent] were given by the famous admiral, Sir John Hawkins, in the reign of Elizabeth, to the hospital for distressed mariners founded by him at Chatham, to which they still belong." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The Hawkinses of The Gaer, co. Monmouth, and those of Cantlowes, co. Middlesex, claim a local
origin from the parish of Hawking, near Folkestone, in Kent
, of which Osbert de Hawking was possessor temp.
Henry II. The family removed to Nash Court in the parish of Boughtonunder-Bleane in the same county, and there remained until the year 1800. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Horkins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horkins research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1532, 1595, 1588, 1611, 1659, 1628, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Horkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horkins Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Horkins are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Horkins include: Hawkins, Hawkin, Haykins, Haykin and others.
Early Notables of the Horkins family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), English admiral, slave trader, leader of the Sea Dogs, who was knighted after he commanded the "Victory" in the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588); John Hawkins (born c... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Horkins family to Ireland
Some of the Horkins family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 119 words (8 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 Horkins family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Horkins or a variant listed above: Thomas Hawkins, who settled in New England
in 1630; Job Hawkins, who settled in Boston in 1630; Richard Hawkins, who settled in New England
in 1635; Robert and Mary Hawkins, who came to the America aboard the Elizabeth and Ann in 1635, and settled in Charlestown.
The Horkins 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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.