The ancestors of the name Houghell 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 Houghell family
The surname Houghell 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 Houghell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houghell 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 Houghell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houghell Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Houghell name over the years has been spelled Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.
Early Notables of the Houghell 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 Houghell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houghell family to Ireland
Some of the Houghell 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 Houghell family to the New World and Oceana
began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Houghell: 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.