Howison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Howison family

The surname Howison was first found in Midlothian, where "the old Scottish mode of spelling Hugh was Hew, as especially in the family of Dalrymple. In Renfrewshire, where the surname abounds, it is pronounced Hewie's-son." [1]

According to the voice of tradition, "the family are descended from John Howison, burgess of Edinburgh, 1450. The first ancestor of the family and his son, were farmers, and rescued James I from an attack made upon him when he had strayed from his attendants, while hunting near Cramond Bridge, and having saved the king's life by beating off his assailants with their flails, held a basin and a towel to wash his wounds. For these timely services they were rewarded with a grant of the lands of Braehead, the reddendo in the charter being 'Servitium Lava-cri,' a service that was complied with to George IV, at the banquet of the magistrates of Edinburgh in 1822." [2]

Another source confirms John Howison, was burgess of Edinburgh in 1450, but makes no mention of saving the king. This source notes "his son had a charter of Cramond Regis, 1465. Nicholas Howvson, [was] presbyter of S. Andrew's diocese, 1475. John Howison admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1406, and another John Howison was member of assize in an Aberdeen shipping case, 1451." [3]

Early History of the Howison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howison research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1600, 1567, 1546, 1567, 1519, 1628, 1711, 1787, 1557, 1632, 1619, 1628, 1557, 1577, 1587, 1603, 1592 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Howison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Howison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Howison, Howieson, Howeson, Howyson, Howson and others.

Early Notables of the Howison family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Howson (c.1557-1632), English academic, Bishop of Oxford from 1619, Bishop of Durham from 1628. He was "born in the parish of St. Bride, London, about 1557, was educated at St. Paul's School, whence he proceeded to Christ Church, Oxford, and was elected a...
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United States Howison migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Howison, who arrived in Maryland in 1703 [4]
Howison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Morris James Howison, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Rudolph M Howison, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Rudolph Meier Howison, aged 44, who immigrated to America from Finchley, England, in 1908
  • Allen M. Howison, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Mary Scott Howison, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Howison 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:

Howison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Howison, (b. 1853), aged 21, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Howison (post 1700) +

  • Edgar N. Howison, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1960 [6]
  • Ryan Howison (b. 1966), American professional golfer
  • George Holmes Howison (1834-1916), American philosopher
  • Del Howison (b. 1953), American horror author, editor, and actor
  • John Howison (1530-1618), Scottish Minister in the Parish of Cambuslang during a turbulent time in Scotland’s history


The Howison 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: Sursum corda
Motto Translation: Hearts upwards.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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