[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] HAVICUS name origin

Günther Böhm GHBoehm at ish.de
Fri Jul 12 03:05:36 PDT 2002

Hello Judy, Rose & Gerald,
HAVICUS is definitely an attempted latinization of the Lower Saxonian 
HAVEK or Netherlands HAVIK, which means in high German Habicht, in 
English hawk (the bird of prey). Several variants of the name arise in 
Westphalian (Soest) evangelic parish registers in late 17th, in the 
Netherlands (Haarlem) in early 17th and in Lower Saxony (Hildesheim) in 
11th century. Though there are also some events of HAVEK in Bohemia 
(diminutive form of the Czech name HAVIL [see Czech president]), the 
events in Lower Saxony are uncomparingly more numerous.

In short story of the name origin of the knight's castle of HABIGHORST 
near Eschede, district of Celle, Ludwig Ohlendorf writes in his book 
"The Lower Saxonian Patriciate and its Origin", Hannover and Leipzig 
1910: "A certain Conradus ACCIPITER (accipiter Latin = hawk, in Lower 
Saxonian HAVEK) leads a number of ministeriales of St. Michael in 
Hildesheim. Yet before 1093 he is called HEVECO, after 1093 Conrad HAVEK."

The genesis of the German name Habicht:
Old High German = habuh
Middle High German = habech, habich
Old Saxonian = habuk
Middle Lower German = haavek
Middle Netherlands = haavik
Netherlands = havik

from Hilden, Germany

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