The English and Irish surname Haskins is derived from the Norman personal name Asketin, a pet form of the Old Norse name Ásketil. When found in Ireland the name Haskins is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó hUiscín meaning “descendant of Uiscín,” apparently a diminutive of uisce meaning “water” (and thus the surname may be ‘translated’ Waters). An early record of the name is John Haskyn who is registered in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1524. John Haskins settled in Virginia in 1653. William Haskins, aged 20, a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "New-York" bound for New York on July 13th 1846. Today there are approximately 16,000 bearers of the name Haskins living in the United States.
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