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The origins of the name Howat are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the personal name Hugh, which is supplemented by a form of the common diminutive suffix -et. The surname Howat is occasionally of local origin and was applied to someone who lived in a clearing. In this case, the name is derived from the Old English word hiewett, which means cutting, and referred in this instance to a place where trees had been cut down.

Howat Early Origins



The surname Howat was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Howat Spelling Variations


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Howat Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Howat family name include Howatt, Howat, Howet, Howett and others.

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Howat Early History


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Howat Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howat research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1469 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Howat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Howat Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Howat Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Howat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Howat surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Howat Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Howat, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

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Contemporary Notables of the name Howat (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Howat (post 1700)



  • Alexander McWhirter "Alex" Howat (1876-1945), Scottish-born American coal miner and trade union leader
  • Roy Howat, Scottish pianist, music scholar and author of "The Art of French piano music: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Chabrier", named the "2009 Book of the Year" by International Piano
  • The Very Rev Rudolph Henderson Howat, Dean of Brechin (1953-1957)
  • Ian Howat (b. 1958), former Welsh professional footballer
  • John Howat (b. 1970), former Australian rules footballer
  • Gerald Malcolm David Howat (1928-2007), British writer on cricket, a historian and a schoolmaster
  • Cameron Howat (b. 1985), Australian rules footballer

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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: Post tenebras lux
Motto Translation: After darkness light.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Howat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howat 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 June 2014 at 00:05.

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