The English surname Howes, mainly found in the southwest of England, is derived from the Middle English term hous meaning “house” (Old English hus). Recordings include William ate Howes in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1327 and Elyzabeth, the daughter of William Howes, 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 Howes, which was dated 1211, in the "Curia Rolls of Leicestershire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1738, John Howes arriving in Pennsylvania. Today there are 6,600 bearers of the name Howes living in the US.