100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- no headaches!
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
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
- Jasper Howley, who landed in Maryland in 1678
Howley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M. A. Howley settled with his wife and eight children in New York in 1820
- Patrick Howley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
- Martin Howley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
- Mark, Patrick and William Howley arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
- Brgt. Howley, aged 24, who landed in America from Dublin, in 1892
Howley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Anne Howley, aged 18, who settled in America from Tubbercurry, in 1902
- Anthony Howley, aged 20, who settled in America from Kiltimagh, in 1903
- Andrew Howley, aged 24, who landed in America from Ballyvaughen, in 1905
- Ann Howley, aged 39, who landed in America from Wednesbury, in 1906
- Bridget Howley, aged 21, who landed in America from Carron Castle, in 1906
Howley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Timothy Howley, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
- John Howley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
- Michael Howley, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
- Thomas Howley, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Howley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Timothy Howley, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
- Margaret Howley, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
- Mary Howley, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
- Honora Howley, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
- Thomas Howley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
Howley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Philip Howley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Frank Leo "Howlin'" Howley (1903-1993), United States Army Brigadier General
- Daniel Philip "Dapper Dan" Howley (1885-1944), American Major League Baseball player and manager
- Michael J. Howley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cairo, Illinois, 1893-98
- Michael Howley, American politician, Mayor of Hickory Hills, Illinois, 2003-07
- Lee Howley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964
- Joseph Howley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
- Edward R. Howley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960
- Chuck Howley (b. 1936), American football linebacker
- Kevin Howley (1924-1997), English football referee
- Mrs. Rose Howley, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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.
This page was last modified on 27 October 2015 at 11:47.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- no headaches!