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Hawk Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English havoc havek hauk ‘hawk or falcon’ (Old English hafoc). It may have been given to a professional falconer to someone of a savage or cruel disposition or to someone who held land by providing hawks for his lord as in an instance from 1130 where Ralph Hauoc owed the royal Exchequer two ‘girfals’ (i.e. gyrfalcons or hawks). English: topographic name for a ‘(dweller in) the nook or corner’ from Middle English halke (derived from Old English halh + the diminutive suffix -oc). English: possibly also a survival into Middle English of the Old English personal name Hafoc which was originally a nickname from the word ‘hawk falcon’. It seems to have died out of use as a personal name by c. 1250. Native American: translation into English (and shortening) of a personal name based on a word such as Lakota or Dakota Sioux četaŋ meaning ‘hawk’. The importance of the hawk to Native Americans is reflected in their traditional personal names many of which were adopted as surnames (translated into English) e.g. Black Hawk (see Blackhawk ) Iron Hawk (see Ironhawk ) and Thunder Hawk (see Thunderhawk ). See also Bird Americanized form of German Hauck or Haug .

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

Similar surnames: Haw, Hack, Hall, Hamm, Haar, Hand, Raak, Hark, Wack, Mak

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You can see how Hawk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hawk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hawk families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 106 Hawk families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 35% of all the recorded Hawk's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hawk families in 1840.
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What did your Hawk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hawk. 19% of Hawk men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Hawk women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hawk were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Hawk. For the veterans among your Hawk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hawk lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hawk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hawk in 1943 was 38, and 75 in 2004.

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