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The Howett family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name Hugh, which is supplemented by a form of the common diminutive suffix -et. The surname Howett 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.

Howett Early Origins



The surname Howett 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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Howett Spelling Variations


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Howett Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Howett include Howatt, Howat, Howet, Howett and others.

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Howett Early History


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Howett Early History



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

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Howett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Howett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Howett 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Howett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Howett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Howett, who landed in Virginia in 1659

Howett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Howett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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Contemporary Notables of the name Howett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Howett (post 1700)



  • John Howett, British President of Toyota Motorsport, and the Toyota F1 team
  • Mark Hedley Howett (b. 1963), Australian multi-award winning director, designer and lighting designer
  • Roberta Howett (b. 1981), Irish singer

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Motto


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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. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The Howett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howett 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 23 July 2016 at 02:24.

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