The English surname Howe is derived from the Middle English term hous meaning “house” (Old English hus). Recordings include William ate Howe in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1327 and Elyzabeth, the daughter of William Howe, who was christened at St. Nicholas church, Cole Abbey, London, on February 13th 1542, whilst Elizabeth Howis married Mary Gilbart on August 16th 1557 at St. Matthew's, Friday Street, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Marjoria de Howe, which was dated 1211, in the "Curia Rolls of Leicestershire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1618 when Rice Howe arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 41,000 bearers of the name Howe living in the US.
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