Howe Family History

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Howe Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a small hill or a man-made mound or barrow, Middle English how (Old Norse haugr), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Howe in Norfolk and North Yorkshire. English: variant of Hugh. Jewish (American): Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames. Americanized form of Norwegian Hove.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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

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Howe Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Howe name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Howe. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    51%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    21%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    4%

  • France

    3%

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Howe Family Origin

Where is the Howe family from?

Howe Family Occupations

What did your Howe ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Howe occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Howe's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Howe. A less common occupation for the Howe family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Howe ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Howe Historical Records

What Howe family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 528,000 census records available for the last name Howe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Howe census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 49,000 immigration records available for the last name Howe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 84,000 military records available for the last name Howe. For the veterans among your Howe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Howe Life Expectancy

What is the average Howe lifespan?

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Howe

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Howe ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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