Howgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Howgate is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Howgate family once lived in the area of Holdgate in Hereford. Holgate was also listed as a township in the suburbs of York at one time.
Early Origins of the Howgate family
The surname Howgate was first found in Shropshire at Holdgate, Stanton Holdgate or Castle Holdgate, a small village which dates back to 1185 when it was listed as Castellum Hologoti and literally meant "castle of a man called Helgot", from an Old French personal name + the Latin castellum.  Holdgate (Holgate) Castle is situated in the village of Holdgate and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by Helgot de Reisolent. Ruins of the castle are still found there today.
Important Dates for the Howgate family
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Howgate Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Howgate family name include Holgate, Holdgate, Howgate, Hogate and others.
Early Notables of the Howgate family (pre 1700)
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Howgate migration to the United States
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Howgate surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Howgate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jo Howgate, aged 17, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 
- Jon Howgate, who landed in Virginia in 1636 
- Tho Howgate, who landed in Virginia in 1641 
- William Howgate, who arrived in Maryland in 1653-1658 
- Sarah Howgate, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)