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.
- MaxiLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
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.
- marci knows bestLv 77 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
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
- 4 years ago
Sounds like an aulfsnit of the German