Show ContentsHowatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Howatt surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the personal name Hugh, which is supplemented by a form of the common diminutive suffix -et. The surname Howatt 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.

Early Origins of the Howatt family

The surname Howatt 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.

Early History of the Howatt family

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Howatt 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 Howatt 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 Howatt include: Howatt, Howat, Howet, Howett and others.

Early Notables of the Howatt family (pre 1700)

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United States Howatt 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 Howatt or a variant listed above:

Howatt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Howatt, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Gerald Howatt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]

Canada Howatt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howatt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Howatt, who settled in Ontario in 1825

Contemporary Notables of the name Howatt (post 1700) +

  • John Howatt (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • James Howatt, Professor with the Department of Computer Science at Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Cornelius Howatt (1810-1895), Canadian farmer and politician from Tryon, Prince Edward Island who represented 4th Prince in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1859 to 1876, his daughter Helen married John Howatt Bell, 14th Premier of Prince Edward Island
  • Garry Robert Charles Howatt (b. 1952), nicknamed "Toy Tiger," Canadian former NHL ice hockey forward from Grand Centre, Alberta; he played from 1972 to 1984 for the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and the Hartford Whalers
  • William Hubert Howatt (1867-1919), Canadian farmer and politician who represented 5th Prince in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1915 to 1919
  • John Howatt Bell (1846-1929), Canadian lawyer and politician, 14th Premier of Prince Edward Island (1919-1923)
  • John Howatt Bell (1846-1929), Canadian politician from Prince Edward Island

USS Arizona
  • Mr. John P. Howatt, American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [2]

The Howatt 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.

  1. 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)
  2. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook