Howlant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Howlant is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of four places named Hoyland in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Howlant belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Howlant family

The surname Howlant was first found in Yorkshire at either High Hoyland, Upper or Lower Hoyland, and Hoyland Swaine. All three parishes and villages are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086: Holand for Hoyland High; Hoiland for Hoyland Nether; and Hollande for Hoyland Swaine. [1] All of the villages literally mean "cultivated land on or near a hill-spur," from the Old English words "hoh" + "land." The latter "Swaine" variant is believed to be a manorial affix added in the 12th century from a man called Swein. [2]

Important Dates for the Howlant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howlant research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1147, 1172, 1591 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Howlant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Howlant Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Howlant has been spelled many different ways, including Howland, Hoyland and others.

Early Notables of the Howlant family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howlant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Howlant family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Howlants to arrive in North America: John Howland came over on the "Mayflower" in 1620 with his Elizabeth Carver; Henry Howland settled in New England in 1630; along with Arthur.

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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