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Profiles

  • Abbie Howland (Davis) (1757 - d.)
  • Abigail Kirby (c.1635 - c.1708)
    Zoeth Howland, son of Henry, was born in Duxbury, and settled in Dartmouth as early as 1662. He took the oath of fidelity in Duxbury in 1657, and probably about this time with his father became a conve...
  • Abigail Howland (1718 - 1766)
  • Abigail Young (1629 - 1692)
    Abigail Young formerly Howland was born about 1628 in England [uncertain] to Henry Howland Jr. and Mary (Unknown) Howland. She is the sister of John Howland, Zoeth Howland, Samuel Howland, Mary (Howl...

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.

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