This is a wonderful English surname of pre medieval origins. Recorded as Goshawk, Goshawke, and in early surviving church registers of the city of London, as Goschalk and Gottschalk, it is believed to be first recorded in East Anglia. In that respect we have the recording of William Goschawke, the rector of Bawsey in the county of Norfolk in 1540, although clearly other eary recordings may well be found in surviving, but perhaps unpublished, charters. As to why somebody should be called by this name is open to several interpretations. In our opinion it is similar to the surname Hawk, and as such it describes either a person of fierce and rapacious attitudes, or given the robust humour of the period, the complete reverse, or it is occupational. If the latter it probably describes either a keeper and trainers of hawks, or it may describe a hunter, one who used the hawk to hunt game. Occupational surnames did not usually become hereditary, unless a son followed his father into the same line of businesss.

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  • Goshawk — Gos hawk , n. [AS. g[=o]shafuc, lit., goosehawk; or Icel. g[=a]shaukr. See {Goose}, and {Hawk} the bird.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any large hawk of the genus {Astur}, of which many species and varieties are known. The European ({Astur palumbarius}) and the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goshawk — O.E. goshafoc, lit. goose hawk, from gos goose (see GOOSE (Cf. goose)) + hafoc hawk (see HAWK (Cf. hawk)). Cf. O.N. gashaukr …   Etymology dictionary

  • goshawk — ► NOUN ▪ a short winged hawk resembling a large sparrowhawk. ORIGIN Old English, «goose hawk» …   English terms dictionary

  • goshawk — [gäs′hôk΄] n. [ME goshauk < OE goshafoc: see GOOSE & HAWK1] a large, swift, powerful hawk (Accipiter gentilis) with short wings and a long, rounded tail: see HAWK1 …   English World dictionary

  • Goshawk — Taxobox name = Goshawk status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref =IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=49405|title=Accipiter gentilis|downloaded=11 May 2006 Database entry includes justification for why this species is of… …   Wikipedia

  • goshawk — /gos hawk /, n. any of several powerful, short winged hawks, as Accipiter gentilis, of Europe and America, formerly much used in falconry. [bef. 1000; ME goshauk, OE goshafoc. See GOOSE, HAWK1] * * * Any of the more powerful accipiters (hawks in… …   Universalium

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  • goshawk — /ˈgɒshɔk / (say goshawk) noun any of various powerful, short winged hawks, formerly much used in falconry, widely dispersed throughout the world, as the grey goshawk, Accipiter novaehollandiae, of Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea. {Middle… …  

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  • Goshawk (disambiguation) — Goshawk may refer to: * Several species of birds of prey: ** Chinese Goshawk, Accipiter soloensis ** Crested Goshawk, Accipiter trivirgatus ** Dark Chanting Goshawk, Melierax metabates ** Frances Goshawk, Accipiter francesii ** Northern Goshawk,… …   Wikipedia

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