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Where did the English Howarth family come from? What is the English Howarth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Howarth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Howarth family history?

The ancient history of the Howarth name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Hayward's Heath in Sussex is another possible origin of the name. The surname Howarth belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Howarth include Haworth, Howarth and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howarth research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1767 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Howarth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Howarth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Howarth or a variant listed above:

Howarth Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Howarth settled in Maryland in 1699

Howarth Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Howarth, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Joseph Howarth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Margaret Howarth, aged 52, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Robert Howarth, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1868
  • John Howarth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Howarth Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Howarth, who landed in Texas in 1900


  • Elgar Howarth (b. 1935), English conductor and composer
  • Jack Howarth (b. 1945), English retired professional footballer who made over 500 appearances in the Football League, scoring nearly 200 goals
  • Donald Howarth (b. 1931), English playwright and theatre director
  • Todd Howarth (b. 1982), Australian footballer
  • Shane Paul Howarth (b. 1968), New Zealand-born former international rugby union player
  • Alan Thomas Howarth CBE, PC (b. 1944), Baron Howarth of Newport, British Labour Party politician
  • James Gerald Douglas Howarth (b. 1947), British Conservative Party politician, current Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence
  • Geoffrey "Geoff" Philip Howarth OBE (b. 1951), former New Zealand cricketer
  • George Edward Howarth (b. 1949), British Labour Party politician
  • Hedley John Howarth (1943-2008), New Zealand former international cricketer



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quod ero spero
Motto Translation: I hope that I shall be.


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The Howarth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howarth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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