Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Houghs, House, Hows, Howse, Howys, Howze
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/house
Guild hosted website:
Contact: Mr Paul Howes
Hello. Welcome to the HOWES one-name study. We have four fundamental aims:
If you are willing to help, or just lend your support, please do visit us at our study website.
It's very important to realize that there are multiple instances of people whose names were recorded in different ways at different times. We have found several people whose names were spelled four or five different ways. We take fixed spellings of surnames for granted today. It wasn't always this way.
There are other potential variants too, such as Howe, Attoe, Hau and Haus (both from Germany) and Huizen (from the Netherlands), Housse (Belgian) at least.
Attoe used to have its own one-name study.
We'd love to include Howe too, but it would more than triple the size of our study! If you are interested in the Howe name and/or would like to join forces, do get in touch. We would be only TOO glad to hear from you.
So we conclude that our name mainly derives from the Saxon word Hoo meaning hill and has simply been pronounced differently in each place due to the heavy regional accents in Southern England. Educated people such as clergymen wrote the names down slightly differently in each place and those spelling distinctions have stayed in place. Recently, we have become aware of a village just outside of Cambridge, England named Howes, f1rst recorded in the year 1219, which is the first evidence for a locative origin of our name.
In North America, at least, many immigrants' names were anglicized during the immigration process. So there are a considerable number of us who are descended from people with names like Hau, Haus and Huizen mentioned above.
We attempt to collect data on all life events, and things like occupation, residence, military service, honours, hobbies and so on.
As of July 2015, the study website contains over 800,000 facts on over 100,000 individuals in reconstructed families in our fully searchable database. Not all of them are available to public viewing, however, because we maintain a 100 year rule for confidentiality reasons. We are always interested in adding to this data. Please do get in touch if you can share anything, no matter how small it may seem.
To help people apply for English and Welsh vital record certificates, in the Guild's archive, we have a database of English, Welsh and Scottish register entries from 1837 to roughly 1950, and a set of instructions: here.
With a massive potential population we need LOTS of participants. Will you join us? If, like members of the Howes Family Association in the US, you aren't sure where your forebears came from, you really need to take a test. Sooner or later someone in the 'old country' or even elsewhere will happen along and take the same test, perhaps stimulated by us and get the same results as you. When that happens, you will have big pointers as to where to concentrate your research.
You may find our other Guild websites of interest: