Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 7 years ago

What's the origin of the surname "Howe"?

Where does the name "Howe" originate from? Are there any famous Howes, besides William Howe, the British General? It's my friend's name and she wants to know where it comes from.

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  • Maxi
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    7 years ago
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    Recorded in many forms including How, Howe, Hoe, Hoo, the rare diminutives Howan, Howen and Howin, the patronymics Howes, Howson, Howison, and others, this is a surname of Olde English pre 7th century origins. It is either locational from places such as Howe in Norfolk and West Yorkshire, or topographical for a person who lived by a man-made mound or burial barrow. Both derive from the word "hoh" or possibly the Scandanavian Viking "haugr." In some cases the surname may derive from the French personal name Hue, introduced to the British Isles by the Norman French after the Conquest of England in 1066. The surname is 12th century, (see below), making it one of the earliest on record. Other examples of recordings from surviving rolls and charters include Marjorie de Howes in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1167 for Leicestershire, and Robert atte Hou in the Place Names of Yorkshire in 1333. Amongst the early church recordings are Helen Howe who married William Powncett at St. Leonard Eastcheap, in the city of London on January 16th 1550, whilst on December 1st 1771 Mary Howen, a widow, married William Smith a widower, in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is probably that of William de Ho. This was dated 1121 in the Danel Law Feudal Documents, for the county of Essex, during the reign of King Stephen of England, 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • carsen
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Gordie Howe Family Tree

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  • 7 years ago

    Howe (surname) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Howe is a surname from the Old Norse: haugr meaning hill, knoll, or mound and may refer to:

    Andrew Howe, Italian athlete.

    Albion P. Howe, American Union Army general during the American Civil War.

    Clarence Decatur Howe prominent Canadian politician.

    Daniel Walker Howe (born 1937), American historian

    Darcus Howe (born 1943), broadcaster and columnist

    David J. Howe, British writer, journalist, publisher, and media historian

    David Howe (speedway rider), British motorcycle speedway rider

    Don Howe (footballer born 1917), association (soccer) footballer of the 1930s, '40s and '50s for Bolton Wanderers

    Don Howe, association (soccer) footballer of the 1950s and '60s, and coach of the 1970s, '80s and '90s

    Dylan Howe (born 1969), Jazz drummer

    Eddie Howe, Former English footballer for, and current manager of, AFC Bournemouth.

    Elias Howe (1819-1867), inventor of the sewing machine

    E. W. Howe, US novelist

    Geoffrey Howe (born 1926), British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher

    George Howe (1725-1758), British general in French and Indian War

    George Howe (1886–1955), American architect

    Gilman Bigelow Howe, (1850-1933) genealogist and president of the National Genealogical Society

    Gordie Howe (born 1928), ice hockey player

    Greg Howe, musician

    Irving Howe (1920-1993) American literary and social critic

    Jackie Howe (1861–1920) Australian sheep shearer

    James Wong Howe (1899-1976) Chinese-born American cinematographer

    Joseph Howe (1804-1873), Nova Scotia politician

    Josias Howe

    John Howe (1630-1705), English Puritan theologian

    John Howe (born 1957), Canadian illustrator

    Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), US reformer

    Les Howe (1895-1976), baseball player

    Linda Moulton Howe (born 1942), American investigative journalist and documentary producer-writer-director-editor

    Louis McHenry Howe (1871-1936), political advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Michael Howe (1787-1818), Australian bushranger

    Michael Howe (died 2002), British cognitive psychologist

    Mike Howe, musician

    Neil Howe, Generationalist

    Paul Tony Howe (born 1968), British swimmer

    Phillip Howe (born 1992), Musician

    Rebecca Howe, character on the TV sitcom Cheers

    Richard Howe (1726-1799), British admiral in American revolution

    Russel Warren Howe (1925-2008), British author and journalist

    Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876), abolitionist & educator

    Simon Howe, Character from television soap Brookside

    Steve Howe (1958-2006), baseball player

    Steve Howe, musician

    Timothy O. Howe (1816-1883), American politician

    Tina Howe (born 1937), American playwright

    Virgil Howe, musician

    Wallace Howe, (1878 – 1957), American actor

    William Howe (1729-1815) British general in American revolution

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  • 4 years ago

    Sounds like an aulfsnit of the German

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