Recorded as Haws, Hawes, Hawse, Hawyes, and possibly others, this is an English surname. It has several possible origins. The first is locational from the town of Hawes in North Yorshire. The second is a patronymic from the medieval given name Haw, itself a diminutive or short form of another compound given name such as Hawkin or Havekin, from the pre 7th century word "hafoc", a hawk. The third is from the female personal name Haueis. This was introduced by the Norman invaders after their successful conquest of Engkland in 1066. It derives from the Germanic name Haduwidis composed of the elements "hadu", meaning strife or contention and "widi", wide. As a personal name this is first recorded as Hawis, in the Curia Regis Rolls of Suffolk, in 1208. Amongst the early interesting recordings is that of Reginold Hawes. He left London fro Virgina in January 1634, and was one of the first recorded emigrants to the new British colonies of America. The first recorded spelling of the family name is that of Robert Hawyse. This was dated 1279, in the Oxfordshire Hundred Rolls, during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as The Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Hawse — (h[add]z or h[add]s; 277), n. [Orig. a hawse hole, or hole in the bow of the ship; cf. Icel. hals, h[=a]ls, neck, part of the bows of a ship, AS. heals neck. See {Collar}, and cf. {Halse} to embrace.] 1. A hawse hole. Harris. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hawse — part of a ship s bow (containing the hawse holes), late 15c., from O.E. or O.N. hals part of a ship s prow, lit. neck (see COLLAR (Cf. collar)). Respelled with aw late 1500s …   Etymology dictionary

  • hawse — [hôz, hôs] n. [LME halse < ON hals, the neck, part of the bow of a ship: see COLLAR] 1. that part of the bow of a ship containing the hawseholes 2. HAWSEHOLE 3. the space between the bow of an anchored vessel and the point on the surface… …   English World dictionary

  • hawse — n. 1 the part of a ship s bows in which hawse holes or hawse pipes are placed. 2 the space between the head of an anchored vessel and the anchors. 3 the arrangement of cables when a ship is moored with port and starboard forward anchors. Phrases… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hawse — /hawz, haws/, n., v., hawsed, hawsing. Naut. n. 1. the part of a bow where the hawseholes are located. 2. a hawsehole or hawsepipe. 3. the distance or space between the bow of an anchored vessel and the point on the surface of the water above the …   Universalium

  • hawse — athwart·hawse; hawse; …   English syllables

  • hawse — noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English halse, from Old Norse hals neck, hawse; akin to Old English heals, neck more at collar Date: 14th century 1. a. the part of a ship s bow that contains the hawseholes b. hawsehole 2. the distance… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hawse — /hɔz/ (say hawz) noun 1. the part of a ship s bow having holes for the cables to pass through. 2. a hawsehole. 3. the space between the stem of a ship at anchor and the anchors. 4. the situation of a ship s cables when it is moored with both bow… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hawse — 1. noun a) The part of the bow containing the hawseholes. b) A hawsehole or hawsepipe. 2. adjective A position relative to the course and position of a vessel, somewhat forward of the stem …   Wiktionary

  • hawse — Mawdesley Glossary a horse …   English dialects glossary

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