How Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Howe 1 and 2.

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

Similar surnames: Howe, Dow, Row, Mow, Hof, Hoy, Show, Low, Yow, Chow

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How Family Origin

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How Family Occupations

What did your How ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named How. 2% of How men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of How women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named How were Railway Clerk and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Railway Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Household Duties (unpaid)
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

How Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name How. Like a window into their day-to-day life, How 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name How. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name How. For the veterans among your How ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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How Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, How life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for How in 1957 was 64, and 86 in 2004.

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