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Howe Name Meaning

English: topographic name pronounced to rhyme with hoe who or how from Middle English hoʒe ‘spur of a hill steep ridge or slight rise’. Hoʒe comes from a late variant hōge of the dative case of the Old English root word hōh literally ‘heel (of a person) or hock (of an animal)’ a common placename element. The regular Old English dative singular is the source of the placenames Hoo and Hoe and the surname may also be habitational name from a placename consisting of this word for example Hoe (Norfolk) Hoo (Kent) Hooe (Devon Sussex) or either of two places called The Hoo in Great Gaddesden and Saint Paul's Walden (Hertfordshire). Hose (Leicestershire) comes from the plural form of the word (see Howes ). Howe may also be from Old Norse haugr ‘mound hill’ for without other evidence this cannot be distinguished from howe ‘spur of a hill’ and is certainly the origin of Howe (Norfolk) and Howe Hill in Kirkburn (East Yorkshire). See also Hough . English: variant of Hugh pronounced to rhyme with who or how. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames. Americanized form of Norwegian Hove . Irish: variant of Haugh . Irish: variant of Hoey .7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 侯 see Hou 8: Chinese: possibly from Cantonese form of the Chinese names 豪 (meaning ‘heroic’) or 浩 (meaning ‘vast’) or 昊 (meaning ‘extensive and limitless’) which were monosyllabic personal names or part of disyllabic personal names of some early Chinese immigrants in the US.

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

Similar surnames: Hope, Hole, Hoe, Hone, Rowe, Hose, Hove, Hoye, Howes, Hoad

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You can see how Howe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Howe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Howe families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,810 Howe families living in London. This was about 15% of all the recorded Howe's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Howe families in 1891.
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What did your Howe 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 Howe. 8% of Howe men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Howe women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Howe were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Howe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Howe in 1941 was 24, and 77 in 2004.

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