Hawke - Surname Meaning

This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the hawk,' a sobriquet affixed to one of a fierce, or wild, or cruel disposition; cf. Eagle, Falcon, Heron, &c. No doubt, too, Hawk, like Sparrowhawk (q.v.), was a personal name, or, as we should now say, a baptismal name as well as a nickname; v. Hauxwell.

Jocelin de Hawke, Lincolnshire, 1273. Hundred Rolls.

Thomas Hauke, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.

Thomas Hauke, cottier, 1379: ibid.

Adam Hawke, 1379: ibid.

Johannes Hawke, 1379: ibid.

1577. Buried — John Hawke: St. Mary Aldermary.

1601-2. Edmund Hawke, skinner, and Avice Bishop: Marriage Lic. (London).

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

Richard Hawke was one of the Cornish commissioners in the time of Cromwell (P.).

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy

The bird: allusive to keenness of disposition.

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

Variants of this surname include: Hawk.

Hawke - Surname Distribution

Hawke Distribution in the United Kingdom in 1881

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* Statistics based on the 1881 census of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man

Highest Incidence of Hawkes in UK Counties and Dependencies

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Cornwall7750.23
2Devon2030.03
3Yorkshire1830.01
4Middlesex1480.01
5Lancashire61-
6Surrey41-
7Glamorganshire260.01
8Hampshire24-
9Durham24-
10Kent22-
11Derbyshire21-
12Gloucestershire18-
13Leicestershire15-
14Buckinghamshire130.01
15Somerset12-
16Warwickshire10-
17Northumberland10-
18Cumberland9-
19Worcestershire9-
20Sussex7-
21Oxfordshire7-
22Wiltshire6-
23Cheshire5-
24Hertfordshire5-
25Essex3-
26Bedfordshire3-
27Suffolk3-
28Channel Islands2-
29Nottinghamshire2-
30Pembrokeshire1-
31Norfolk1-
32Northamptonshire1-
33Dorset1-
34Lincolnshire1-
35Monmouthshire1-

Highest Incidence of Hawkes in UK Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Crantock30.87
2Madron30.11
3Birmingham3-
4St Juliot31.34
5Dukinfield30.01
6St Clether31.40
7Tywardreath20.09
8Cardiff2-
9Seaford20.12
10Mottram in Longendale20.01
11Scilly Islands20.09
12Farnham Royal20.19
13St Peter-Port20.01
14Holbeck20.01
15Halifax2-
16Streatham20.01
17Beccles20.03
18Hurst26.45
19Southampton2-
20Paignton20.04
21Morval20.30
22Fobbing20.47
23Edgbaston20.01
24Coleford20.02
25Eckington20.02
26Maltby20.22
27Dawlish20.04
28Batley20.01
29Alton20.04
30Kensington2-
31Wendron20.04
32Botus Fleming20.93
33North Meols2-
34Eastbourne20.01
35Margate20.01
36Battersea1-
37Lee10.01
38Thorp Arch10.25
39Dewsbury1-
40Gloucester1-
41Carlton in Lindrick10.10
42Saddleworth1-
43Tickhill10.05
44Sawbridgeworth10.03
45Accrington1-
46Burlescombe10.12
47Weare Giffard10.22
48Bovey Tracey10.05
49Kings Norton1-
50St Giles in the Fields1-
51Glastonbury10.03
52Willesden1-
53Newport1-
54Newcastle upon Tyne1-
55Milton Abbot10.11
56Boconnoc10.37
57Dalton in Furness1-
58Clapham1-
59Rochdale1-
60Looe10.07
61Blackmore10.18
62Workington10.01
63Ilsington10.09
64Barnes10.02
65Diss10.03
66Hadleigh10.03
67Totnes10.03
68Lewisham1-
69Ashton in Makerfield10.01
70Laughton en le Morthen10.12

Hawke Distribution in Ireland in 1901

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* Statistics based on the 1901 census or Ireland

Highest Incidence of Hawkes in Irish Counties

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Cork2-
2Antrim1-

Highest Incidence of Hawkes in Irish Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Cork2-
2Belfast1-

Hawke Reference & Research

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