From Middle English hauk, hauke, hawke, havek, from Old English hafoc, from Proto-West Germanic *habuk, from Proto-Germanic *habukaz (compare West Frisian hauk, German Low German Haavke, Dutch havik, German Habicht, Swedish hök, Danish høg, Norwegian Bokmål hauk, Norwegian Nynorsk hauk, Faroese heykur, Icelandic haukur), from Proto-Indo-European *kopuǵos (compare Latin capys, capus, Albanian gabonjë, shkabë, Russian ко́бец ("falcon"), Polish kobuz ("Eurasian Hobby")), perhaps ultimately derived from *keh₂p-.
Uncertain origin; perhaps from Middle English hache, or from a variant use of the above.
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