of the Surname
and distinguished surname, the Hawkins family name can find its origins
in a variety of Western European sources.
A patronymic from the Middle English personal name Hawkin, a diminutive
of Hawk with the Anglo-Norman French hypocoristic suffix -in. English:
in the case of one family , this is a variant of Hawkinge, a
habitational name from a place in Kent, so called from Old English
Hafocing ‘hawk place’.
In Irish sometimes used as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEacháin.
In Scandinavia,we find the name Haakon,Hakon and Håkon.
Hawkins and a derivative, Howkins,are a sept of Clan Stewart of Lennox
and of Clan Guthrie.
The name in Scotland is usually English, but could be Norse-Gael in
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
The Irish coat of arms can be viewed for free at:
The Scottish coat of arms can be seen here:
Though the Scandinavian connection is mere
speculation on my part. This association is based upon the phonetic
similarities. However, the Norman Scottish and Irish links are undeniable.
Written and researched