A storied and distinguished
surname, the Hawkins family name can find its origins in a variety of
Western European sources.
Beginning in Norway, we find Haakonson, Hakon in the
Icelandic sagas. Hawkynne, Haukyn, and Hauekin in England. Haughan and O’
hEachain in Ireland and the Anglo-Norman de Hawking. Many online surname
searches list the Hawkins name as Anglo-Saxon in origin, this can not be
confirmed due to the fact that before the Norman invasion of 1066, the
Anglo-Saxon people did not use surnames unless used by occupation or
trade. The name is also a derivative of Howkins, which is a sept of Clan
Stewart Lennox of Scotland.
Though no Hawkins are indigenous today in
Scandinavia or Iceland, they are concentrated in Kent, England Antrim,
Galway in Iceland; in fact Castle McGuiness in Ireland was given to the
Hawkins family by Charles II.
They are also distributed all across the United
The Hawkins family coat of arms., used from the time
of Edward III (1327-1377), is silver with a black saltire on it. Five gold
fleur-de-lies appear on the saltire. The crest is a gold stag on a green
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