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Early instances of our name


Introduction

While researching the origins of our surname and since, I have come across many records of our name from before the earliest English parish registers in 1538. They probably represent the absolute limits of our family history researches. So I thought it might be helpful to record them as I come across them and note the sources. If you find others, please let us know.

Early instances of the Howes name and variants

Date Instance Place Source
1226 Simon Hus Eynsham, Oxfordshire Reaney & Wilson
1254 Thomas de Houes n/k Ewen; calendar of inquiries post mortem
1265 Henry de Howes Lancashire Harrison; assize rolls
1273 Geoffrey de la House Huntingdonshire Bardsley; hundred rolls
1273 Jacob Huse Somerset Bardsley; hundred rolls
1273 John de la How Norfolk Blomefield & Parkin: history of Norfolk
1273 Richard del Howes Cambridgeshire Bardsley; hundred rolls
1273 Richard de la Huse Buckinghamshire Bardsley; hundred rolls
1273 Roger del Howes Cambridgeshire Bardsley; hundred rolls
1273 William de la House Huntingdonshire Bardsley; hundred rolls
1279 Geoffrey de la House Huntingdonshire Reaney & Wilson; hundred rolls
1279 Richard Hous Oxfordshire Reaney & Wilson; hundred rolls
1289 Walter del Hus n/k Reaney & Wilson; Anglo-Saxon charters
c1300 Unknown Howes Cumberland/Westmoreland Bardsley; history of both counties
1313 Letitia atte How n/k Bardsley; writ of parliament
1327 Emma Howes Norfolk Ewen; list of taxpayers
1327 Johanne Howes Staunrewike (prob: Standerwick), Somerset Somerset Lay Subsidy
1331 William atte House Kent Reaney & Wilson; feet of fines
1371 Roger del House Man at arms, Keeping of the Sea under Guy, Lord Brian See TNA E101/31/11
1372 Richard Howes n/k - Man at arms to Sir Richard de Green, Naval Exped for King Edward III See TNA E101/31/38
1377-8 Geoffrey op Howys n/k - Archer in naval expedition of Thomas, Earl of Buckingham See TNA E101/36/25
1378 Bernawton de la House Crossbowman at Brest Garrison, under Sir Richard Abberbury See TNA E101/37/2
1379 Roberto Howes Latton, Wiltshire Poll tax returns
1379 Ricardo Howes, tailor Henset & Puthall, Wiltshire Poll tax returns
1379 Radulpho Howes Erlestoke, Wiltshire Poll tax returns
c1382 William Howes Lammas, Norfolk NCCA
1387 Thomas House, esquire Man at arms, Naval Expedition of Richard FitzAlan, earl of Arundel See TNA E101/40/33 and 34
6 Jan 1388 Richard Howes Beckham, Norfolk - death recorded by father at proof of age hearing CIPM Vol 18, pt 11
1400-1468 Sir Thomas Howys Vicar of Castle Combe (Wilts), later of Mautby, Blofield and Pulham (all in Norfolk). Died in London. Executor of Sir John Fastolf Mentioned many times in Paston Letters
1405 Thomas Howes Beckham, Norfolk - juror/witness at proof of age hearing CIPM Vol 18, pt 11
1415 Robert House Beckham, Norfolk - juror/witness at proof of age hearing CIPM Vol 18, pt 11
1417 Robert House Archer, expedition of Henry V, to France - Agincourt See TNA E101/46/36 - two references
1417 Robert House Archer, expedition of Humphrey duke of Gloucester, to France See TNA E101/51/2
1417 John Howys Cameley, Somerset - juror/witness at proof of age hearing CIPM Vol 20, pt 7
1441 John Howse or House Archer for Richard, Duke of York, exped to France See TNA E101/53/33
1455 William Howys, alias Tonyngton Cley, Norfolk NCCA
1457 John Hows Whissendine, Rutland - "Dutch origin" Alien subsidy records: E 179/141/83
1461 Robert Howys Paston, Norfolk NCCA
1463 Stephen Howse Hopton, Suffolk NCCA
11 May 1469 Peter Howse Middlesex Alien subsidy records: E 179/141/84, see EI
1493 Margaret atte Hoo/Howes Southrepps, Norfolk - dog worrying the sheep Court leet, reported in "History of an East Anglian Soke"
1493 Richard and William Howes Trunch, Norfolk - ordered to repair roads Court leet, reported in "History of an East Anglian Soke"
1495 Joan Howys Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NCCA
1496 Clement Howys St Stephen, Norwich, Norfolk NCCA
1496 Robert Howys Felmingham, Norfolk NCCA
1497 Clement Howys Paston, Norfolk NCCA
1498 John Howys Bungay, Suffolk NCCA
1499 Katherine Howys Felmingham, Norfolk Memorial Inscription plaque
1525 Nicholas Howse Suffolk Reaney & Wilson; subsidy rolls
1525 Robert Howes Suffolk Reaney & Wilson; subsidy rolls
1 Jul 1544 Nicholas Howse Unstated Letters of denization, place of origin: "Darman", in England 26 years, See EI

Notes

Bardsley, Ewen, Harrison and Reaney & Wilson are all authors of books on surname origins

EI = www.englandsimmigrants.com

NCCA = Norfolk Consistory Court Administrations

CIPM = Calendar of Inquisitions Post-Mortem - see http://www.history.ac.uk/cipm

TNA = The National Archives, as recorded by http://www.medievalsoldier.org/

Because relatively few early records have survived, the locations recorded above cannot be relied upon as representative of the total distribution of our name at the time.

Updated 15 Feb 2015