Meaning and Origin of: Hawk

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Falcon

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Devon) : from Middle English hauek ‘hawk’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a hawker (seeHawker), a name denoting a tenant who held land in return for providing hawks for his lord, or a nickname for someone supposedly resembling a hawk. There was an Old English personal name (originally a byname) H(e)afoc ‘hawk’, which persisted into the early Middle English period as a personal name and may therefore also be a source.
  • English (Devon) : topographic name for someone who lived in an isolated nook, from Middle English halke (derived from Old Englishhalh + the diminutive suffix -oc), or a habitational name from some minor place named with this word, such as Halke in Sheldwich, Kent.