An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2013
Origins Available: French, Welsh
Where did the Welsh Houle family come from? What is the Welsh Houle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Houle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Houle family history?The ancestors of the name Houle are thought to have lived among the ancient Britons, who inhabited in the hills and Moors of present day Wales. This particular surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Hoel, which was originally derived from the Old Welsh name Houel. This name was imported by Welsh settlers into the English counties bordering Wales. However, in the eastern English counties, the name was brought by Breton settlers; the Breton forms of the name were Houuel, Huwel, Huwal, and Howael.
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Houle have included Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houle research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1300, 1313, 1588, 1650, 1644, 1645, 1625, 1679, 1657, 1660, 1593, 1666 and 1 wo are included under the topic Early Houle History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Houle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Houle:
Houle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Houle Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Houle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Houle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
This page was last modified on 10 January 2013 at 14:01.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.