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The name Householder is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Householder is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house. In some cases, the name Householder may be a form of the surname Howes. It is thought to have been an occupational name for a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. [1]

Early Origins of the Householder family

The surname Householder was first found in Oxfordshire where Simon Hus was listed at Eynsham in 1226. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Geoffrey de la House, Huntingdonshire; William de la House, Huntingdonshire; and Richard de la Huse, Buckinghamshire. [3]

In Somerset, the first record there was Jacob Huse, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [4]

In Cheshire, Walter del Hus was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1289 and in Kent, William atte House was found in the Feet of Fines for 1331. Much later, Nicholas Howse and Robert Howes were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1524. [2]

"House is a very common name in the Bridgewater district [of Somerset]. Howse is the Wiltshire form of the name, and reference to its origin will be found under that county." [5]

Early History of the Householder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Householder research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1607, 1631, 1607, 1603, 1607, 1611, 1610, 1650, 1632, 1644 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Householder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Householder Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Householder are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Householder include House, Howse, Howes, Hoose, Hows, Houser, Hooser and others.

Early Notables of the Householder family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edmund Howes (fl. 1607-1631), English chronicler who lived in London, and designated himself 'gentleman.' "Howes's first edition of Stow's 'Abridgement, or Summarie of the English Chronicle,' appeared in 1607. A dedication to Sir Henry Rowe, the lord mayor, a few notices of 'sundry memorable antiquities,' and a continuation of `maters forrein and domesticall' between 1603 and 1607, constitute Howes's contributions. In 1611 Howes issued another edition of the same work, with a further continuation...
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Householder Ranking

In the United States, the name Householder is the 9,440th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

United States Householder migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Householder or a variant listed above:

Householder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lawrence Householder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 [7]
  • George Householder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 [7]
Householder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. Householder, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1892
Householder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Householder, aged 40, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • James R. Householder, aged 40, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • John Householder, aged 45, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905
  • Joseph Householder, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Mabel Householder, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Householder (post 1700) +

  • Charles F. Householder (1856-1908), American professional baseball player
  • Edward H. Householder (1869-1924), American outfielder in Major League Baseball
  • Charles W. Householder (1854-1913), American Major League Baseball player
  • Paul Wesley Householder (b. 1958), retired American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Larry Householder, American politician of the Republican party
  • Ronny Householder (1908-1972), American race car driver, car designer, engineer, builder and one of the main members of Chrysler during the 1950's and 1960's
  • Alston Scott Householder (1904-1993), American mathematician and past president of the American Mathematical Society
  • Harry Householder, American Republican politician, Chair of Audrain County Republican Party, 1925-30; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1932 [8]
  • George W. Householder, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1864-66 [8]
  • Frank A. Householder, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Oakmont, Pennsylvania, 1926-32 [8]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook