Early Origins of the Houdan family
The surname Houdan was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire
at Howden, a small market town and civil parish. The town pre-dates the Norman Conquest
as the first record of the place was as Heafuddene in 959 when King Edgar of England
granted his first wife, Ethelfleda, Howden Manor. By the time of the Domesday Book
, the parish was listed as Hovedene from the Old English heafod + denu and literally meant "valley by the headland or spit of land." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book
lists that the lands were held at that time by the Bishop of Durham
, and he conferred the church upon the monks of Durham
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
He kept Howden Manor for himself. "This place, which is of considerable antiquity, was distinguished for its collegiate establishment, founded by Robert, Bishop of Durham, in 1266, for Secular clerks, and dedicated to St. Peter and St. Cuthbert." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Houdan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houdan research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1268, 1275, 1397, 1382, 1383, 1386, 1523 and 1530 are included under the topic Early Houdan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houdan Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Houdan occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Howden, Houden, Howdin, Howdon, Hawden, Hawdon and others.
Early Notables of the Houdan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John of Howden ( fl.
1268-1275), also known as John of Hoveden, a thirteenth-century English Franciscan friar. John of Howden who was prebendary of the church of Howden in Yorkshire
is generally believed... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houdan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houdan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Houdan Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre Houdan, who arrived in Canada in 1664
The Houdan Motto
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: Ferio, tego
Motto Translation: I strike, I cover.