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Origins of the Hawkins surname

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What does the name Hawkins mean?

The origin of the Hawkins surname is thought to be England. Most often, the name is patronymic and relates to someone who is the son or descendant of a 'Henry' or 'Harry', through the diminutive form of these names 'Hal'. Less commonly, it may refer to someone who comes originally from the town of Hawkinge in Kent.

Alternative variations of the name Hawkins

Hawkins, Hawkin, Hawkyn, Hawkyn, Howkins, Halkin, Halkins

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Where do most Hawkinses live?

In 1921, most Hawkinses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Hawkinses

How common is your surname?

158th most common surname in the UK

We have 224,000 records for the Hawkins surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Hawkinses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hawkins first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Hawkinses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hawkinses in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Hawkinses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


Coal Miner


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