Houel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Houel family

The surname Houel was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Kermossonet.

"The name of Houel or Hoel is of Breton origin, as was at first, a personal denomination. The different branches of Houel, whose cradle was in the parish of Tourneur, near the town of Vire, probably had for their ancestor Breton emigrants, who established himself in this fief, of which his first descendants bore the name. In fact, we find in some of the lists of the Conquest the name of Houel, replaced in others by that of Sire de Tourneur." [1]

"The descendants of the Norman Houell were seated in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, at Hillington in the former and at Ashfield in the latter. One of them, Richard Hovell, squire of the body to Henry V., was ancestor of the family of Hovell." [2]

Early History of the Houel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houel research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 109 and 1096 are included under the topic Early Houel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Houlle, Houle, Houel, Houll, du Houlle, de Houlle, Houl, Houlay, Houles and many more.

Early Notables of the Houel family (pre 1700)

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Houel Ranking

In France, the name Houel is the 4,207th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [3]


United States Houel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Houel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Paul Pierre Houel, aged 43, who settled in America from France, Le Havre, in 1910
  • Albert Houel, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1924

Canada Houel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Houel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Houel, son of François and Georgine, who married Marie-Élisabeth Dodier, daughter of Pierre and Isabelle, in Berthier, Quebec on 31st March 1761 [4]
  • Antoine Houel, son of François and Georgine, who married Marie-Françoise Marcou, daughter of Jean-François and Marie-Josephte, in Berthier, Quebec on 21st November 1780 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Houel (post 1700) +

  • Michel Houel (1942-2016), French politician, Member of the French Senate for Seine-et-Marne (2004-2016)
  • Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houël (1735-1813), French painter, engraver and draftsman
  • Guillaume-Jules Hoüel (1823-1886), French mathematician


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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