Howker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Howker is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who made hooks or an agricultural worker who used hooks. The name Howker was also applied to someone who lived near a bend or hill-spur. The surname Howker is derived from the Old English word hoc, which means hook.

Early Origins of the Howker family

The surname Howker was first found in Norfolk 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.

Important Dates for the Howker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howker research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1558, 1554, 1600, 1586 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Howker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Howker Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Howker are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Howker include Hooker, Hookers and others.

Early Notables of the Howker family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Richard Hooker (1554?-1600) was a noted English theologian who wrote "The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity"; and Rev. Thomas Hooker (1586-1647), a prominent Puritan colonial leader who...
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Howker migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Howker or a variant listed above:

Howker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Howker, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 [1]
  • Richard Howker, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Howker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Howker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]

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  1. ^ 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)
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