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Where did the English Howley family come from? What is the English Howley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Howley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Howley family history?The name Howley reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Howley family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Howley 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.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Howley, Howly, O'Howley and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howley research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1828, 1829, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Howley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Howley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Howley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Howley name or one of its variants:
Howley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Howley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Howley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Howley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Howley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Howley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Howley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howley 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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