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  • Capt. Abner Howes (1802 - 1835)
    "It pains us to record the death of Capt. Abner Howes of Yarmouth, who comitted suicide by throwing himself from the taffrail of the schr. Empress, while on her passage from N.York to Boston, on the ni...
  • Bethia Howes (Hall) (1672 - 1745)
  • Bethiah Lord (1680 - 1748)
    She married, first, Isaac Hawes on Jan 8,1700/1 at Yarmouth,MA. She married, second, after Apr 11,1741 as his second wife, John Smith Jr. He was the son of John Smith and Hannah Williams Smith of Eas...
  • Betsey Howes (deceased)
  • Betsey Kelley (1791 - d.)

About the Howes surname

The HOWES name and associated names such as HOWS, HOUSE and HOWSE mainly derive from Southern England, where the distribution in the nineteenth century shows it/them to have formed along the chalk uplands, seeming to confirm the explanation in several surname directories that it was given to people who lived on a hill. Please see my website (www.howesfamilies.com) for more information about the name and the biggest online database of individuals with our name, coming from my One-Name Study.

Although today these four surnames are separate, up to the nineteenth century, spelling varied greatly reflecting the more verbal culture with many individuals being referred to with multiple spellings during the course of their lives.

In English, the word house sounds different according to whether we use it as a noun or a verb. Most people seeing the word would pronounce it with a hard s, but I have strong evidence that the surname used to be pronounced with a soft s.

It is possible that others named Howes derive from the German name HAUS (meaning house) and the Dutch name HUIZEN (meaning houses).

Interestingly, the word Howe also exists in Scotland, meaning a hollow, the opposite of what it seems to mean farther South! HOWEver, very few HOWES/HOWS/HOWSE/HOUSE families hail from that area.