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  • Abraham Howton (1791 - 1840)
    HOWTON, Abraham ~ One of the early settlers and owned a large portion of land where the City of Fayette now stands. Farmer. His father came to the United States from England. Abraham Howton Family ...
  • Billy Howton
    Billy Howton's name will probably never roll off the tongue of most Packer fans, but he was one of the most prolific receivers in franchise history ... Packers Hall of Fame Billie Harris “Billy” Ho...
  • Elizabeth Howton (1792 - 1863)
  • George Matthew Howton (1882 - 1957)
    Birth: Jan. 13, 1882, Fayette County,AL, USA Death: Jul. 28, 1957, Fayette County, AL,USA George Matthew Howton Family Story George Matthew Howton was born into the Howton family on 13 Jan 1882 i...
  • Jonathan Howton (1765 - 1826)
    The Howton family of Fayette Co. has been the greatest genealogical mystery of my life for the past 18+ years. Every posssible person who could have been the progenitor of our line from Jonathan Howton...

About the Howton surname

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties are named from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hoh" meaning ridge, spur with "tun", enclosure, settlement, hence "settlement on the spur of a hill". Haughton in Nottinghamshire also has this origin. A small group of Houghtons in Lancashire and West Yorkshire have as their first element the Olde English "halh" meaning nook, recess. In the case of isolated examples in Devon and East Yorkshire the first elements appear to be the Olde English pre 7th Century personal names or bynames "Huhha" and "Hofa". Early examples of the surname include: John de Haleghton (Yorkshire, 1273), and Alexander de Houhton (Cambridgeshire, 1273). A notable bearer of the name was Sir Robert Houghton (1548 - 1624), governor of Lincoln's Inn, 1588 - 1603; serjeant-at-law, 1603, and judge of the king's bench, 1613 - 1624. Chris Houghton, aged 19 yrs., who embarked from London on the ship "Thomas and John" bound for Virginia in July 1635, was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to settle in America. A Coat of Arms granted to the Houghton family is a black shield with three silver bars and a gold rose in chief, the Crest being a silver bull's head, attired gold, gorged with three black bars, on the centre one a rose of the second. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Hoctona, which was dated 1115, in the "Winton Book of Hampshire", during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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