The ancestors of the name Hewell 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 Hewell family
The surname Hewell 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.
Early History of the Hewell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewell 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 Hewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hewell Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Hewell have included Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.
Early Notables of the Hewell 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... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewell family to Ireland
Some of the Hewell 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewell 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 Hewell: 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.