The ancestors of the name Hewells 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 Hewells family
The surname Hewells 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 Hewells family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewells 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 Hewells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hewells Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. 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 were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Hewells have included Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.
Early Notables of the Hewells 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 Hewells Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewells family to Ireland
Some of the Hewells 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 Hewells family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Hewells: 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.