Hawkins Family History
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