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First name origin & meaning:

English: Hill

First name variations: Hough, Houghton, Howell, Howel, Howells, Howe

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Scottish: habitational name from a place so called near Kelso on the border with England. Early forms include Hadden, Hauden, and Halden; the place name is probably from Old English halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’ + denu ‘valley’.
  2. English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire, so named from Old Norse hǫfuð ‘head’ (replacing Old English hēafod) + Old English denu ‘valley’; the first element may have been used in the sense ‘principal’, ‘top’, or ‘end’.
  3. Americanized form of Norwegian Hovden.
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