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Howe Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Howe How
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Please contact the project leaders Walter Howe or David Howe or post a comment to the right. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Howe and its variants. There are currently over 10,000 Howe's in WikiTree. The published Howe Genealogies, which focus on five Howe's who settled in New England during the Great Migration period and their descendants list over 10,000 Howe's and there are many more known Howe's around the world. We have a long way to go to capture all Howe's, correct the errors that inevitably have crept in, and build a definitive study.

The surnames Howe and How were used interchangeably until the 1800's, when most lines settled on the Howe spelling.

DNA can play an important part in this, too. We have known descendants with Y-DNA matches that intersect at colonial settlers and good classical genealogical records to back them up.

This is not intended to be limited to Howe's in the United States. There are many Howe's in England and Australia and around the world, and we hope to tie them together as much as possible. Join us and help build this study.

See the Howe Genealogy web site for more Howe information not captured in WikiTree yet. This web site also includes a page on where to find useful sources, like the published Howe Genealogies in downloadable, searchable PDFs or on searchable CDs.


Major sources are:

  • Daniel Wait Howe, Howe Genealogies, Vol. 1, John Howe of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts, NEHGS; Location: Boston; Date: 1929
  • Four Brothers in the American Revolution, The family background and the careers of Timothy, Darius, Baxter, and Bezaleel Howe with a partial list of their descendants by Herbert Barber Howe, 1957.
  • Colonel Joseph Howe, York County, South Carolina, His Descendants and his Brothers by Olga Rolster Whitley, May 1960..

and many other sources, such as censuses, vital records, court and probate records, passenger lists, military records, gravesites, obituaries, newspaper articles, family papers, etc.

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