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Howden Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Howden (Midlothian Dumfriesshire). Scottish: variant of Haldane . English (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): habitational name from any of several places called Howden such as those in East Yorkshire Durham Northumberland and Yorkshire. The East Yorkshire placename derives from Old English hēafod ‘head top headland’ later replaced by Old Norse hǫfuth ‘head headland’ + Old English denu ‘valley’. Many of the other placenames derive from Old English hol ‘hole hollow’ + denu. Americanized form of Norwegian Hovden .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bowden, Cowden, Holden, Rowden, Hayden, Hedden, Kolden, Dowden, Olden

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Where is the Howden family from?

You can see how Howden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Howden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Howden families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 586 Howden families living in Yorkshire. This was about 45% of all the recorded Howden's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Howden families in 1891.
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What did your Howden ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Howden. 10% of Howden men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Howden women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Howden were Builders Labourer and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Railway Clerk
  • Farm Labourer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Howden. For the veterans among your Howden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Howden lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Howden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Howden in 1943 was 41, and 80 in 2004.

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