MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Luke Hodge speaks to his players upfield during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL training session at Waverley Park on September 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Hawthorn have renamed their home base of Waverley Park to ‘Bunjil Bagora’, with the new name honouring and acknowledging Indigenous history.

The change was confirmed by the club on Monday, with the Hawks' nest set to be officially honoured with a formal event early next year to commemorate the change.

The blessing of using 'Bunjil Bagora’ was given to the Hawks from Senior Elder Aunty Joy Murphy.

Bunjil - Wurundjeri Woiwurrung language - is known as a "symbolic portrayal of the ancestral creator spirit and is regarded as majestic, swift and fierce".

Bagora translates to "a cultural place, a reminder of a rich and surviving land of thousands of years".

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett expressed his excitement on the renaming of the Hawks' headquarters.

“Hawthorn is honoured to have been gifted the name Bunjil Bagora,” Kennett said.

“As a club, we are committed to celebrating the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to drive positive social outcomes and change.

“By giving our facility an Indigenous name, we are making an overt statement about this commitment.”

The change in name is the latest major restructure at the Hawks, with club great Sam Mitchell stepping into his first season as senior coach of his former side in 2022.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: New Hawks assistant coach Sam Mitchell looks on during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL training session at Xavier College on December 03, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Mitchell's move into the Hawks' hot seat comes in the departure of four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson, who left his post after 17 years with the club.

Kennett is also set to leave Hawthorn following a lengthy tenure as president, with his successor set to be appointed midway through next year.