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The HOWE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 40,555 775 0.015 150
United States (1880 census) 16,262 345 0.033 325
Change since 1880 +24293 -430 -0.018 -175
Other Countries
Australia 3,412 439 0.021 209
United Kingdom 16,549 342 0.036 360
Top States for HOWE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 3,179 997 0.009 94
New York 2,678 599 0.014 141
Florida 2,284 851 0.014 143
Michigan 2,240 405 0.023 225
Massachusetts 1,776 435 0.028 280
Top States for HOWE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 395 152 0.065 649
New Hampshire 791 147 0.064 640
Maine 757 276 0.059 594
Wyoming 149 304 0.030 302
Massachusetts 1,776 435 0.028 280


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called HOWE live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called HOWE represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called HOWE in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a HOWE by picking someone at random in Vermont than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of HOWE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HOWE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the HOWE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of HOWE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 616 1.52
White (Hispanic) 600 1.48
Native American/Alaskan 495 1.22
Asian/Pacific 308 0.76
White (Caucasian) 37,412 92.25
Black/African American 1,123 2.77

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the HOWE surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of HOWE in historical publications


Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to HOWE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HOWE.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for HOWE

The following words are slight variants of HOWE that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.