Last name origins & meanings:
- English (southwestern): from Middle English hous ‘house’
(Old English hūs). In the Middle Ages the majority of the
population lived in cottages or huts rather than houses, and in most
cases this name probably indicates someone who had some connection
with the largest and most important building in a settlement, either a
religious house or simply the local manor house. In some cases it may
be a status name for a householder, someone who owned his own dwelling
as opposed to being a tenant, but more often it is an occupational
name for a servant who worked in such a house, in particular a steward
who managed one.
- English: respelling of Howes.
- Translation of German Haus.
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