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  • Abbie Howland (Davis) (1757 - d.)
  • Abigail Howland (1718 - 1766)
  • Abigail Young (1629 - 1692)
    wikitree: (Last modified 23 Feb 2017) 'Abigail Howland (abt. 1629 - 1692) Abigail Howland Born about 1629 in Duxbury, Massachusetts Daughter of Henry Howland Jr and Mary (Newland) Howland Sis...
  • Abigail Booth, (twin) (1672 - 1704)
    On 10 Oct 1656 Zoeth Howland married Abigail in Dartmouth, MA. Their children include Iv.Abigail Howland. Born on 30 Jun 1672. Twin to Henry. On 6 Dec 1700 when Abigail was 28, she married Abraha...

About the Howland surname

The surname Howland is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the various places in England called Holland or Hoyland, such as those in Essex, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. These places are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1085 as "Holanda, Holand, Hoiland", and "Holant", respectively. All the places so called share the same meaning and derivation, which is "land on or by a ridge", from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hoh", ridge, spur of a hill, with "land", and. Locational surnames were acquired by local landowners, and the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had settled elsewhere, and used the name of their birthplace as a means of identification. The placename Holland has generated a number of surnames, ranging from Holland and Hollands to Howland and Hoyland.

Variations: Holland, Holanda, Hollanda, Holand, Holant

It should be noted that, despite similarities in their geographical sprawl, a connection has not been found between the Howland family and the various families stemming from Lancashire named de Holand/Holand and de Holland/Holland.