Howden Family History
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Howden Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from a place so called near Kelso on the border with England. Early forms include Hadden, Hauden, and Halden; the place name is probably from Old English halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’ + denu ‘valley’. English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire, so named from Old Norse hofuð ‘head’ (replacing Old English heafod) + Old English denu ‘valley’; the first element may have been used in the sense ‘principal’, ‘top’, or ‘end’. Americanized form of Norwegian Hovden.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press