Hackett

Hackett

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The hake is a fish. It is referred to in a 14th century copy of the much more ancient foundation charter of Ramsay Abbey, Huntingdonshire, as a hacaed (pronounced 'haket'), 'a kind offish'. There are instances of the surname which may derive as a nickname for someone who looked, or behaved, like a hake, such as John Hakede, in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327, and Roger Hakat, in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire the same year.

Most instances of the surname, though, are patronymics, from the Viking personal name Haki, and meaning 'son of Haki'. We find Haket de Rideford in Lincolnshire about 1160, and Haket Alius ('son of') Clac in 1193 in a Lincolnshire Feet of Fines. As a surname, we find it with Walter Achet in the Berkshire section of Domesday Book (1086); Ralph Hacget in Durham in 1131, and Rolland Haget in 1158 Yorkshire.

John Hackett (1592-1670), Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, represented the moderate wing of the Anglican Church

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