My grandmother was a Howington from Commerce, GA. we have traced her family back to the 1750s. Alot of the family married into the Rylee family also. there may be some connection because there are not many Howingtons around. There was also a story about a woman who's husband died in the civil war he was a Howerton but later in life she started spelling her and her sons name as Howington. I would have to look it up to what state that was in.