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The ancestors of the name Houle 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.

Houle Early Origins



The surname Houle 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.

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Houle Spelling Variations


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Houle Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. 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 could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Houle have included Howell, Howel, Hawell, Howels, Howells, Hovell and many more.

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Houle Early History


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Houle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houle 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 Houle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Houle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Houle Early Notables (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 Houle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Houle In Ireland


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Houle In Ireland



Some of the Houle 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Houle:

Houle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Job Houle settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Job Houle, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682

Houle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Houle, aged 28, who landed in America from Paris, in 1900
  • Joseph Houle, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1911
  • James Charles Houle, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1916
  • Alphonse Houle, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Alphonso Houle, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Houle Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Houle arrived from Orléannais in 1647

Houle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edward Houle, aged 44, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1915
  • Joseph C. Houle, aged 43, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Houle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Houle (post 1700)



  • Raymond Houle, American politician, Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1976
  • Henry R. Houle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1924, 1928
  • George E. Houle, American Democrat politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 5th Ward 1938
  • E. J. Houle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • Coral Houle, American politician, Mayor of Bloomington, Minnesota, 1995-99; Appointed 1995
  • Alfred R. Houle, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Eureka, California, 1963-81
  • Alfred Houle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1936
  • Albert E. Houle, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Nashua 3rd Ward, 1938
  • John D Houle Ph.D., American Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Cyril Orvin Houle Ph.D. (1913-1998), American Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Chicago
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The Houle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Houle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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