Houdyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Houdyn family

The surname Houdyn 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." [1] 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. [2] 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." [3]

Important Dates for the Houdyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houdyn research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1268, 1275, 1397, 1382, 1383, 1386, 1523 and 1530 are included under the topic Early Houdyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houdyn Spelling Variations

The name Houdyn, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Howden, Houden, Howdin, Howdon, Hawden, Hawdon and others.

Early Notables of the Houdyn 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...
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Migration of the Houdyn family

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Houdyn family, or who bore a variation of the surname Houdyn were Robert Howden who settled in Virginia in 1653; John and Robert Howden arrived in Philadelphia in 1861; A. Howdin settled in San Francisco in 1852.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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