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Where did the Scottish Howie family come from? What is the Scottish Howie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Howie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Howie family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Howie, Howe, Howey, Howy and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. The family originated in Howie, now believed to be an obsolete place name. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howie research. Another 349 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1519, 1567, 1591, 1667 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Howie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Howie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Howie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Howie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Samuel Howie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Howie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Howie, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730-1731
  • Mary Howie, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Robert Howie, aged 18, arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • David Howie, aged 38, landed in New York or Georgia in 1775

Howie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Howie, aged 39, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast"

Howie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Howie, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Esther Howie, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • John Howie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860
  • Jessie Howie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860

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  • John Mackintosh Howie (b. 1936), Scottish mathematician
  • William Howie, Scottish journalist and engineer from Ayrshire
  • James "Jimmy" Howie (1878-1963), Scottish footballer, member of the Scotland National Team (1905-1908)
  • John Howie (1735-1793), Scottish biographer
  • Thomas Wyllie Howie JP (1856-1927), Scottish businessman, owner of the renowned Hurlford Fireclay Works
  • Hugh Howie (1924-1958), Scottish footballer
  • David Howie (1886-1930), Scottish professional football central defender
  • Scott Howie (b. 1972), Scottish former professional football goalkeeper
  • David Dickie Howie (d. 1916), Scottish rugby union player
  • William Howie (b. 1924), Baron Howie of Troon, a retired British Labour Party politician

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Howie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howie 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 30 March 2015 at 11:04.

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