Meaning and Origin of: Hackney

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Scottish : habitational name from Hackney in Greater London, named from an Old English personal name Haca (genitiveHacan) + ēg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in marshland’.
  • English and Scottish : from Middle English hakenei (Old Frenchhaquenée), an ambling horse, especially one considered suitable for women to ride; perhaps therefore a metonymic occupational name for a stablehand. This surname has also been found in Scotland since medieval times.