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Hawes Name Meaning

English (southern):: of Norman origin from Anglo-Norman French and Middle English Haueis Hawis from an Old French form of the ancient Germanic female personal name Hadewidis (from had- ‘war’ + wid- with a range of possible original meanings). variant of Haw with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. habitational name from Hawes (North Yorkshire). The placename may derive from Middle English hals hauls ‘neck of land between hills mountain pass’.

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

Similar surnames: Dawes, Hayes, Hawkes, Howes, Haimes, Eales, Bayes, Harmes, Sales

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Where is the Hawes family from?

You can see how Hawes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hawes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hawes families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 124 Hawes families living in Massachusetts. This was about 46% of all the recorded Hawes's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Hawes families in 1840.
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What did your Hawes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hawes. 16% of Hawes men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Hawes women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hawes were Clerk and Maid. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 147,000 census records available for the last name Hawes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hawes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Hawes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Hawes. For the veterans among your Hawes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hawes lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hawes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hawes in 1944 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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