The ancestors of the name Houghells 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 Houghells family
The surname Houghells 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 Houghells family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houghells 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 Houghells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houghells Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Houghells has occasionally been spelled Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.
Early Notables of the Houghells 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 Houghells Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houghells family to Ireland
Some of the Houghells 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 Houghells family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Houghells 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.