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Howes Name Meaning

English:: pronounced to rhyme with hose a variant of Howe 1 with plural or post-medieval excrescent -s. Hose (Leicestershire) recorded as Howes in 1086 is named with the plural of Old English hōh ‘hill spur’. pronounced to rhyme with cows a variant of Howe 2 (see Hugh ) with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

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


Similar surnames: Howe, Lowes, Hoes, Hewes, Hodes, Rokes, Bowes, Rowe, Howey, Hopes

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Where is the Howes family from?

You can see how Howes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Howes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Howes families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 143 Howes families living in Massachusetts. This was about 51% of all the recorded Howes's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Howes families in 1840.
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What did your Howes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Howes. 16% of Howes men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Howes women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Howes were Carpenter and Housewife. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Howes. 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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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Howes. For the veterans among your Howes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Howes lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Howes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Howes in 1943 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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