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Origin and popularity of the name HOWDEN


Howden : 1: Scottish: habitational name from Howden (Midlothian Dumfriesshire).2: Scottish: variant of Haldane.3: English (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): habitational name from any of several places called Howden such as those in East Yorkshire Durham Northumberland and Yorkshire. The East Yorkshire placename derives from Old English hēafod ‘head top headland’ later replaced by Old Norse hǫfuth ‘head headland’ + Old English denu ‘valley’. Many of the other placenames derive from Old English hol ‘hole hollow’ + denu.4: Americanized form of Norwegian Hovden.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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