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 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 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 13th century English Franciscan friar. John of Howden, who was prebendary of the church of Howden in Yorkshire, is generally...
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand 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 [5]


The Howdon 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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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