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The Anglo-Saxon name How comes from when the family resided near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname How is usually derived from the Old English word hoh, which means heel or projecting ridge of land. However, it is sometimes derived from the Old Norse word haugr, which means mound or hill. Furthermore, the name How may be derived from residence in one of a variety of similarly named places: Hoe is in Norfolk; Hoo is in Kent; places called Hooe are in Devon and Sussex; Hose is in Leicestershire; places named Heugh are in Durham and Northumberland; and settlements called Hough are found in both Cheshire and Derby.

How Early Origins



The surname How was first found in Berkshire, where the name could also have been a baptismal name as in "son of Hugh," [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
while another reference claims the name has geographical significance as in the south: "a small round hill" and in the north: "a hollow place or plain." The medieval form of the name is "At How" and is usually synonymous with Hill having derived from the Anglo-Saxon "how," meaning a mountain. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
However, we must look to Cambridgeshire to find the first listings on the name where Roger del Howes and Richard del Howes were listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The church [of Withington, Gloucestershire] is a cruciform structure, principally in the Norman style, but partly of later date: among the monuments is a handsome one to the memory of Sir John How(e), his wife, and nine children, in a small cross aisle on the south side of the church, the burial-place of the family." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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How Spelling Variations


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How Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. How has been recorded under many different variations, including Howe, Howes, How and others.

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How Early History


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How Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our How research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1671, 1654, 1656, 1625, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1627, 1676, 1660, 1676, 1635, 1692, 1611, 1701, 1648, 1713, 1673, 1685, 1689, 1691, 1657, 1722, 1700, 1735, 1722, 1732, 1733, 1735 and are included under the topic Early How History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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How Early Notables (pre 1700)


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How Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Howe, 1st Baronet (died 1671), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1654 to 1656; John Grobham Howe (1625-1679), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1679, Member of Parliament for...

Another 102 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early How Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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How In Ireland


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How In Ireland



Some of the How family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name How or a variant listed above:

How Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward How, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John How, who arrived at Virginia in 1623
  • Rice How, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • John How, who landed in Massachusetts in 1639
  • Jane How, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

How Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Humphry How, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Richard How, who arrived in New England in 1716
  • Marcy How, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763
  • William How, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Isaac How, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

How Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel How, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Robert Nesbit How, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821
  • Thomas How, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822

How Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph How, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

How Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Rufus How, who landed in Canada in 1829

How Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John How, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart"
  • William Crosby How, aged 26, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Mallard"

How Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William H. How, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name How (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name How (post 1700)



  • James Eads How (1874-1930), American organizer of the hobo community in the early 20th century

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

The How Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The How 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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