'mounds' (Modern English how, howe)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
haugr 'mound, burial mound'
(ONP haugr (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far heyggjur, heygur, Icel haugur, Norw haug, Dan høi, høj, Sw hög
cp. hōh 'projecting ridge of land, promontory'
Phonological and morphological markers
Cited from a handful of N/EM texts by MED, beginning with a1400(a1325) Cursor (Vsp A.3) and from the 12c in personal and place-names predominantly, but not exclusively, from the N/EM and E. EPNE notes that in the N it denotes especially an artificial mound which in some cases may be a burial mound, as in Scandinavian usage. Widespread in MnE dial usage.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus