Howes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Howes is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Howes 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 Howes 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.

Early Origins of the Howes family

The surname Howes was first found in Berkshire, where the name could also have been a baptismal name as in "son of Hugh," [1] 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]

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]

"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]

Important Dates for the Howes family

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Howes 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 Howes 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Howes include: Howe, Howes, How and others.

Early Notables of the Howes family (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 Gloucestershire; Sir George Grobham Howe, 1st Baronet (c.1627-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1676; Elizabeth Jackson Howe (c...
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Migration of the Howes family to Ireland

Some of the Howes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Howes 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 Howes or a variant listed above:

Howes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marie Howes, aged 18, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Thomas Howes, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [4]
  • Abel Howes, who arrived in New England in 1642 [4]
  • Ann Howes, who landed in Maryland in 1653 [4]
  • Jones Howes, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [4]
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Howes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Howes, aged 18, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
Howes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Cubit Howes, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1806 [4]

Howes migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gerard Howes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • John Howes, aged 35, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland

Howes migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Howes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Howes, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Robert Howes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Hortensia Howes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [7]
  • Louisa Howes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [7]
  • Anne Howes, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [8]
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Howes 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:

Howes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Howes, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Howes, aged 21, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Howes, aged 20, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Miss Eliza C. Howes, (b. 1846), aged 22, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [9]
  • William Howes, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Howes (post 1700)

  • John Forman Howes (1924-2017), American Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia
  • Willis H. Howes, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892 [10]
  • William Washington Howes (1887-1962), American Democrat politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 22nd District, 1917-18; Member of Democratic National Committee from South Dakota, 1924-40 First Assistant U.S. Postmaster General [10]
  • Thomas Howes, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 20th District, 1877 [10]
  • Thomas Howes, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1818-19 [10]
  • Roy C. Howes (1912-2002), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wexford District, 1961-62 ; Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wexford District, 1962 [10]
  • Richard R. Howes, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1968 [10]
  • R. N. Howes Sr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1936 [10]
  • Neal Howes, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Huntersville, North Carolina, 2007 [10]
  • Joseph W. Howes, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Montreal, 1861-64 [10]
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Historic Events for the Howes family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Frank Howes (1861-1914), English First Class Passenger from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  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.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Navarino.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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