Horkir is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a hawker, or someone who held land in exchange for providing hawks to a lord. The surname Horkir is derived from the Old English word hafocere,
which means falconer
Early Origins of the Horkir family
The surname Horkir was first found in Northumberland
. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list some of the early variations of the name: John le Haueker in Wiltshire; and Hugh le Haukere in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Horkir family
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Horkir 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 Horkir has appeared include Hawker, Hawkar, Hawkir and others.
Early Notables of the Horkir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horkir 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 Horkir arrived in North America very early: John Hawker arrived in the Leeward Islands in 1654; Timothy Hawker arrived in Barbados in 1685.