Early Origins of the Howsdant family
The surname Howsdant was first found in the East Riding of Yorkshire
at Howden, a small market town and civil parish. The town pre-dates the Norman Conquest
as the first record of the place was as Heafuddene in 959 when King Edgar of England
granted his first wife, Ethelfleda, Howden Manor. By the time of the Domesday Book
, the parish was listed as Hovedene from the Old English heafod + denu and literally meant "valley by the headland or spit of land." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Domesday Book
lists that the lands were held at that time by the Bishop of Durham
, and he conferred the church upon the monks of Durham
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
He kept Howden Manor for himself. "This place, which is of considerable antiquity, was distinguished for its collegiate establishment, founded by Robert, Bishop of Durham, in 1266, for Secular clerks, and dedicated to St. Peter and St. Cuthbert." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Howsdant family
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Howsdant Spelling Variations
The name, Howsdant, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Howden, Houden, Howdin, Howdon, Hawden, Hawdon and others.
Early Notables of the Howsdant family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John of Howden ( fl.
1268-1275), also known as John of Hoveden, a thirteenth-century English Franciscan friar. John of Howden who was prebendary of the church of Howden in Yorkshire
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Migration of the Howsdant family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Howsdant surname who came to North America were: Robert Howden who settled in Virginia in 1653; John and Robert Howden arrived in Philadelphia in 1861; A. Howdin settled in San Francisco in 1852.
The Howsdant 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: Ferio, tego
Motto Translation: I strike, I cover.