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

Similar surnames: Bowden, Cowden, Holden, Rowden, Hayden, Hedden, Kolden, Dowden, Olden

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Howden Family Origin

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Howden Family Occupations

What did your Howden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Howden occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Howden's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Howden family was Tailor. Agricultural Labourer, Annuitant and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Howden.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Farmer

  • Tailor


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Howden Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Howden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Howden 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Howden. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Howden. For the veterans among your Howden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Howden Life Expectancy

What is the average Howden lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Howden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Howden in 1943 was 41, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Howden 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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