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Howden Name Study

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Surname/tag: Howden
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How to Join

Please contact the project leader Peter Mulligan or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Task List

To improve Howden Profiles, especially those with no Profile manager

To Collate Howden profiles by County of Birth for further study

To compare DNA for Howden Decendants

Name Origin


This is a medieval English locational surname. It originates from the small market town of Howden, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, some twenty miles from the ciry of York. The origin of the place name, and hence the later surname, is "heafod-denu", or similar, a Danish-Viking pre 7th century compound meaning literally "the head of the valley". This area was the centre of Viking activity for many centuries, so it is logical that the modern surname should have some connection with these ancient times.


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Howdens through the Ages

Family History.com shows a break down by Census year of the surname Howden and their professions, please see link below.


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