The ancestors of the bearers of the Howk family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the place called Hooke in Devon.
Early Origins of the Howk family
The surname Howk was first found in Devon
where one of the first records of the name was found in 1050-71 in a reference of Old English Bynames of Devon
. Later in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire
, the Latin form of the name, Hervicus and Richard Hoc were listed in 1218. By 1230, the Pipe Rolls
of Berkshire has listed John Hook; the first listing of the name as it is more commonly spelt today. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
"The surname was written in the XIV century as atte
Hooke, and this by crasis sometimes became Tooke. It may be mentioned that Hoke, as a personal name
, occurs in Saxon times. " 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 Howk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howk research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1270, 1275, 1296, 1417, 1636, 1575, 1580, 1658, 1640, 1642, 1635, 1703, 1655 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Howk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Howk Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Howk include Hook, Hooke, Hoke and others.
Early Notables of the Howk family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Rev. Thomas Huyck DCL (died 1575), Chancellor of the Diocese of London; Sir Richard Hook of Scotland; Humphrey Hooke (1580-1658), a Member of Parliament for Bristol... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Howk family to Ireland
Some of the Howk family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 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 Howk family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Howk or a variant listed above: John Hook settled in Plymouth in 1620; William Hook with his family settled in Maine in 1635; Thomas Hook settled in Virginia in 1663.
Contemporary Notables of the name Howk (post 1700)
- Henderson Howk, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html