Howse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Howse finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Howse is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house. In some cases, the name Howse may be af form of the surname Howes.

Early Origins of the Howse family

The surname Howse was first found in Berkshire, where the family held a family seat from ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Howse family

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Howse Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Howse has been recorded under many different variations, including House, Howse, Howes, Hoose, Hows, Houser, Hooser and others.

Early Notables of the Howse family (pre 1700)

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United States Howse migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Howse or a variant listed above:

Howse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Howse, aged 41, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Howse, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • William Howse, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • John Howse, who arrived in Maryland in 1653 [1]

Australia Howse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Howse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Howse, (House), (b. 1815), aged 21, English sawyer who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1884 [2]
  • George Howse, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Mr. George Howse, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Edward Howse, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"

New Zealand Howse 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:

Howse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Howse, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [5]
  • J. Howse, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

Contemporary Notables of the name Howse (post 1700) +

  • Ron Howse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008 [6]
  • Hilary Ewing Howse (1866-1938), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, 1909-15, 1924-38; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1912, 1916 [6]
  • A. E. Howse, American politician, Mayor of Wichita, Kansas, 1956-57 [6]
  • Donald Gordon Howse (b. 1952), Newfoundland born, Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Geoffrey Howse (b. 1955), British actor and author
  • John Brooke Howse (1913-2002), Australian politician, son of Sir Neville Howse
  • Sir Neville Reginald Howse VC (1863-1930), Australian Major General, the first Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas Howse (b. 1902), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kingston, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]

  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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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