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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Howison, Howieson, Howeson, Howyson, Howson and others.

First found in Midlothian, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howson research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1600, 1567, 1711, 1787, 1557, 1632, 1619 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Howson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Howson, aged 31, landed in America in 1634
  • Eliz Howson, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Rich Howson, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Samuel Howson, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Howson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Howson, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Doncaster, England, in 1893
  • Henry Howson, aged 20, who settled in America from Leeds, in 1898

Howson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • William Howson, aged 46, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • John Howson, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from Harthill, Scotland, in 1907
  • Anthony Howson, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Accrington, England, in 1907
  • George Henry Howson, aged 27, who landed in America from High Shields, England, in 1909
  • Wm. A. Howson, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1909


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  • Nicholas C Howson J.D.,, American Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Michigan
  • Peter Howson OBE (b. 1958), Scottish painter
  • Colin Howson Ph.D.,, Chair in Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics
  • Peter Howson (1920-2009), Australian politician, Minister for Air (1964-1968), and Environment, Aborigines and the Arts (1971-1972)
  • Jonathan Mark "Jonny" Howson (b. 1988), English footballer
  • John Saul Howson (1816-1885), English divine
  • Frank Michael Howson (b. 1952), Australian film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Peter Howson CMG (1919-2009), Australian politician
  • John Michael Howson OAM (b. 1936), Australian writer, reporter and entertainer
  • Donald Scott Howson (b. 1960), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player

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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: Sursum corda
Motto Translation: Hearts upwards.

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  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The Howson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howson 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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