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Early Origins of the Houlay family

The surname Houlay 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 Houlay family

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Houlay 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 Houlay family

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Migration of the Houlay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Job Houle settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Louis Houle arrived from Orléannais in 1647.

  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. on Facebook