Show ContentsHowly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Howly came to England with the ancestors of the Howly family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Howly 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 Howly family

The surname Howly 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 Howly family

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Howly Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Howley, Howly, O'Howley and others.

Early Notables of the Howly family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Howly family to Ireland

Some of the Howly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Howly family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Howly or a variant listed above: M.A. Howley settled with his wife and eight children in New York in 1820; Mark, Patrick and William Howley arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..

Contemporary Notables of the name Howly (post 1700) +

  • Richard Howly (1740-1784), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1779-83; Governor of Georgia, 1780; Justice of Georgia State Supreme Court, 1782-83 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook