Howle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Howle is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Howle family lived in Cheshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former place of residence Houlei, France. They took their name from this place in its local form, de Houlei, which literally translates as from Houlei.
Early Origins of the Howle family
The surname Howle was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Howle (Howl), is a small village in Shropshire, England that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086.
Early History of the Howle family
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Howle Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Howle are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Howle include Howley, Howly, O'Howley and others.
Early Notables of the Howle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Howle family to Ireland
Some of the Howle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Howle migration to the United States +
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Howle, or a variant listed above:
Howle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alice Howle, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England 
- Ernest P. Howle, aged 4, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England 
Contemporary Notables of the name Howle (post 1700) +
- Danielle Howle, American singer-songwriter from Columbia, South Carolina
Related Stories +
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX2K-4X3 : 6 December 2014), Alice Howle, 20 Oct 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX2K-4XQ : 6 December 2014), Ernest P. Howle, 20 Oct 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).