Howdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Howdon family

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

Important Dates for the Howdon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howdon research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1268, 1275, 1397, 1382, 1383, 1386, 1523 and 1530 are included under the topic Early Howdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Howdon Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Howdon occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Howden, Houden, Howdin, Howdon, Hawden, Hawdon and others.

Early Notables of the Howdon 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 thirteenth-century English Franciscan friar. John of Howden who was prebendary of the church of Howden in Yorkshire is generally believed...
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Howdon 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:

Howdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Howdon, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [4]

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  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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