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  • Abraham Howton (1794 - 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. Howton Family Story Abraha...
  • Annie Bell Howton Daily McInish Ammons (1930 - 2015)
    Annie Bell Howton Ammons BIRTH 4 Jun 1930 DEATH 6 Oct 2015 (aged 85) BURIAL Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery Tillmans Corner, Mobile County, Alabama, USA MEMORIAL ID 153417402 · View SourceMEMORIAL PH...
  • Ann Elizabeth Howton (c.1765 - c.1830)
    Anne E Trover was born about 1770 in Harrisburg, Charlotte, Virginia. The Yates published "U.S. International Marriage Record" shows Ann was born in Pennsylvania. [1] She died about 1840 in Kentucky (...
  • A.D. Houghton (1871 - 1938)
    Arthur Duvernoix Houghton , or A.D. Houghton, (June 8, 1870 - January 23, 1938) was a medical doctor, a botanist specializing in cacti, a member of the Los Angeles, California, City Council from 1904 t...
  • Assella Dorcas Howton (1795 - 1889)
    * Groom's Name: Abraham Howton* Bride's Name: Darcas Castleberry* Marriage Date: 16 Mar 1812* Marriage Place: Caldwell, Kentucky* Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01306-9* System Origin: Kentucky-EASy...

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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The name Howton, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Howden, Houden, Howdin, Howdon, Hawden, Hawdon and others. First found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The County of Roxburgh (held with Ettrick and Lauderdale) is a Lieutenancy areas of Scotland.

Roxburghshire borders Dumfries to the west, Selkirk to the north-west, and Berwick to the north. To the south-east it borders Cumbria and Northumberland in England. [2]

Howtons in America

Jonathan Howton emigrated from England to Virginia in 1773. As of 19 August 2023, He has at least 3,600 known descendants.