The western coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Howiston family. Their name is derived from the "son of little Hugh."
Early Origins of the Howiston family
The surname Howiston was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.
Early History of the Howiston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howiston research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1774 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Howiston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Howiston Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Howiston has appeared in various documents spelled Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.
Early Notables of the Howiston family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Reverend King Hewison; William Hewson (1739-1774) was an 18th Century surgeon, anatomist and physiologist who has sometimes been referred to as... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howiston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Howiston family to Ireland
Some of the Howiston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Howiston family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Howiston or a variant listed above include: William Hewison who settled in Georgia in 1775.