This surname HALK was derived from the lands of Halkhead, Renfrewshire, although a family bearing the name Ross have long been in record as possessors of the property. The place name may have originally been Hawkwood. Sir Henry Hakette witnessed a charter in 1230, and appears to be the first of the name on record. Richard Haket was a juror on an inquisition at Dumfries in 1259, and Sir Walter Haket was in the service of Robert de Brus, earl of Carrick in 1298. Thomas Haket was burgess of Ayr in 1415, and David Hacat, a Scotsman had a safe conduct granted to travel into England in 1432. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. Robert Hacat held land in Stirling in 1463, and William Halkyard appears in 1499 in Dysart. The name has numerous variants which include HALKETT, HACATE, HACKATE, HAKHEYD, HALKEID and HALKIT. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.
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