Howshan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The family name Howshan is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person employed "at the house." In most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Howshan is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house, and the word man, which means servant. 
Early Origins of the Howshan family
The surname Howshan was first found in Yorkshire where Johannes Howsman was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. A few years earlier John Houseman was found in Colchester, Essex in 1365. 
"This surname, early found in Yorkshire, crossed the border and settled in the neighbourhood of Lancaster. A well-known vicar of Lancaster bore this name at the beginning of the century. Two hundred years earlier the name occurs in local Wills." 
Early History of the Howshan family
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Howshan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Howshan include Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.
Early Notables of the Howshan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Howshan family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Houseman, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; John Houseman to Virginia in 1699; William Howsman to Nova Scotia in 1749; Henry Houseman to Carolina in 1774.