Mainly U.S.: transferred use of the English surname, which is from any of a number of places so called in England. These have various origins; the most common is from Old English ǣwiell ‘source (of a river)’ + tūn ‘settlement, enclosure’. It was borne (but dropped) as a given name by the American bandleader and trombonist Alton Glenn Miller (1904–44).
English (mainly Hampshire and Berkshire): topographic name from Middle English hacche ‘gate’, Old English hæcc (see Hatcher). In some cases the surname is habitational, from one of the many places named with this word. This name has been in Ireland since the 17th century, associated with County Meath and the nearby part of Louth.