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Origins of the Howe surname

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What does the name Howe mean?

Howe is an English and Scottish surname with a number of supposed origins, most often found in Orkney and the North of England. One hypothesised origin of the Howe surname is geographic, from the Old English 'hol', meaning 'hollow' or 'dell'. Another has similar roots, but comes from the Old Norse 'haugr', meaning mound, knoll or hill.

Alternative variations of the name Howe

Howe, Howes, Hows, Howze, House, Howse, How

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Where do most Howes live?

In 1921, most Howes lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Howes

How common is your surname?

346th most common surname in the UK

We have 120,000 records for the Howe surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Howes most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Howe first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Howes

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Howes in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Howes in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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