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The ancestors of the name Howell 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.
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Howell has seen various spelling variations: Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.
First found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howell 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 Howell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Howell 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.
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Howell
Howell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Andrew Howell, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
- Arthur Howell, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Walter Howell, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Henry Howell, who landed in Virginia in 1637
- Cobb Howell, who landed in Virginia in 1638
Howell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martha Howell, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Evan Howell, who landed in Virginia in 1705
Howell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Howell, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
- James Howell, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
- Rufus Howell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- Simon Howell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1850
- Robert F Howell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
Howell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Joseph Howell Sr., U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 443 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
- Master.JosephHowell Jr., U.E. (b. 1771), aged 12 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 618 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
- Mr. Matthew Howell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
- Mr. Warren Howell U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784
- Mr. John Howell U.E. who settled in Sophiasburgh and Ameliasburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784
Howell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Nathan Howell, who landed in Canada in 1831
- Garet Howell, who arrived in Canada in 1832
- Isaac Laning Howell, who arrived in Canada in 1834
Howell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Howell Howell, Welsh convict from Glamorgan, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Thomas Howell, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Richmond Howell, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- James Howell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
- W.R. Howell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
Howell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- David Howell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Howell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Simeon Howell, aged 23, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Elizabeth Howell, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Thomas Howell, aged 34, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- John McDade Howell (1922-2016), American academic, 7th Chancellor of East Carolina University
- Lida Howell (1859-1939), American three time Olympic gold medalist for archery at the 1904 Summer Games
- Brigadier-General Reese Maughan Howell (1889-1967), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 9th Division (1943-1946)
- Brigadier-General George Pierce Jr. Howell (1901-1979), American Commandant of the Parachute School (1942-1943)
- Brigadier-General Clark Howell (1894-1966), American Adjutant-General of Georgia (1943-1944)
- Roger Howell, American Historian
- Francis Clark Howell (1925-2007), award-winning American anthropologist
- Dorothy Howell (b. 1919), American mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Charles Howell III (b. 1979), American golf player
- Benjamin Franklin Howell (1844-1933), American Republican politician
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The Howell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howell 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.
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