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The ancestors of the name Havel 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.

Early Origins of the Havel family


The surname Havel was 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.

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Early History of the Havel family

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Early History of the Havel family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Havel 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 Havel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Havel Spelling Variations

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Havel Spelling Variations


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 Havel have included Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.

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Early Notables of the Havel family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Havel family (pre 1700)


Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rt. Rev. Thomas Howell (1588-1650), Welsh Bishop of Bristol from 1644 to 1645, born in Llangamarch, Brecknockshire; Francis Howell (1625-1679), Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1657 to 1660; and James Howell (c.1593-1666) famous writer who lead a colourful life...
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Migration of the Havel family to Ireland

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Migration of the Havel family to Ireland


Some of the Havel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Havel family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Havel family to the New World and Oceana


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 Havel: Owen Howel settled who in Virginia in 1635; David Howel settled in Barbados in 1654; Humphrey Howel settled in Virginia in 1698; Morgan Howel settled in Virginia in 1653.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Havel (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Havel (post 1700)


  • Václav Havel (1936-2011), Czech playwright, essayist, poet, philosopher, dissident and politician, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada and many more recognitions

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