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Early Origins of the Hovenden family

The surname Hovenden 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 the year 959, when King Edgar of England granted his first wife, Ethelfleda, Howden Manor. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the parish was listed as Hovedene from the Old English heafod + denu and it literally meant "valley by the headland" or "spit of land." [1]

The Domesday Book lists the lands that 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]

Roger of Hoveden or Howden (d. 1201?), was a chronicler, "probably a native of Howden, a possession of the see of Durham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and very possibly a brother of a William of Hoveden, who was chaplain of Hugh de Puiset, bishop of Durham." [4]

John de Houton (d. 1246), was an early English justice and was appointed Archdeacon of Bedford in 1216. "From this time forward he was frequently employed in a judicial capacity, and seems to have been high in the royal favour. As Archdeacon of Bedford he decided several cases in which the priory of Dunstable was concerned, especially two between the monks and burgesses of Dunstable in 1221 and 1228." [4]

Early History of the Hovenden family

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Hovenden Spelling Variations

The name Hovenden, 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 Hovenden 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 13th century English Franciscan friar. John of Howden, who was prebendary of the church of Howden in Yorkshire, is generally...
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United States Hovenden migration to the United States +

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 Hovenden family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hovenden were

Hovenden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eduard Hovenden, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775
Hovenden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hovenden, who settled in New York in 1849
  • Charles Hovenden, who settled in California in 1867
  • Amos Hovenden, who settled in Oregon in 1868
  • Thomas Hovenden, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • T. Hovenden, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1892
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Hovenden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Hovenden, aged 74, who immigrated to the United States from Croydon, in 1904
  • Ellen H Hovenden, aged 41, who settled in America from Croydon, in 1904
  • Annie S. Hovenden, aged 34, who landed in America from Croydon, in 1904
  • Thomas Hovenden, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Martha M. Hovenden, aged 27, who immigrated to America, in 1911
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Canada Hovenden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hovenden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Moore Western Hovenden U.E. who settled in Midland District [Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1784 [5]

New Zealand Hovenden migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hovenden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hovenden, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Sophia Hovenden, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Hovenden (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895), Irish-born, American artist and teacher; he was orphaned at the age of six due to the Potato Famine but was apprenticed to a carver and gilder at the Cork School of Design emigrating to America in 1863
  • Hovenden Hely (1823-1872), Australian explorer and politician

The Hovenden 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.

  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.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook