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Hawkins Name Meaning

English: variant of Hawkin with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. English: habitational name with excrescent -s from Hawkinge (Kent). The placename derives from the Old English personal name Heafoc or Old English heafoc ‘hawk’ + the placename forming suffix -ing. This name has been assimilated to the patronymic surname in Devon from Sir John Hawkyns (1532–95) victor against the Spanish Armada (1588) who was a member of the Devon family of Hawkins a branch of a Kentish family from the village of Hawkinge. They held land in Plymouth as long ago as 1480. Irish: variant of Haughn .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hankin, Harkins, Haskin, Haskins, Hopkins, Hawkes, Adkins, Harkin

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Where is the Hawkins family from?

You can see how Hawkins families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hawkins family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hawkins families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,008 Hawkins families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Hawkins's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Hawkins families in 1891.
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What did your Hawkins ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hawkins. 7% of Hawkins men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Hawkins women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hawkins were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 70,000 immigration records available for the last name Hawkins. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 157,000 military records available for the last name Hawkins. For the veterans among your Hawkins ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hawkins lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hawkins life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Hawkins in 1940 was 23, and 73 in 2004.

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