Last name: Howell

The primary source of this ancient and distinguished surname is the Old Welsh male given name "Hywel" meaning "Eminent, Prominent". This name was borne by Huwal West Wala Cyning (King of the West Welsh), recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles of Devonshire, dated 926, and by Hywel Dda, Hywel the Goat, Prince of all Wales and collector of the Welsh laws circa 950. In 1184, one Hoelus de Charlion was noted in the ipe Rolls of Glamorgan, and a Howell filius (son of) Ade Walensis appears in the 1221 Shropshire Assizes. Early examples of the surname include: William Hoel (Wiltshire, 1183); John Howel (Cambridgeshire, 1313); and Hyllar Howell (Somerset, 1327). The second possible source of the surname is English, and locational from a parish in South Lincolnshire called Howell. Recorded as "Huuelle" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Huwell(e)" in the 1190 Pipe Rolls of that county, the place was so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal byname "Huna", from "hun", bear cub, with "well(a)", spring, stream. Early examples of the surname from this source include: Walter de Huwella and Alfredus de Howella (Lincolnshire, 1165 and 1177 respectively). Other examples are Walter de Huwella of Lincoln in 1165, Willaim Hoel of Norfolk in 1221, and John Howle of Cambridge in 1327. Thomas Howell, was chaplain to Charles 1, in 1640. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geffrei Hoel, which was dated circa 1100, in the "Old English Byname Register", Devonshire, during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Mark Howell
A man in Scotland looked up Howell and found it listed with surnames of McDougal clan?

Bob Howell
Should be "Hywell the good". please correct.

Linda Howell Johnson
I have mine traced all the way to James Howell 1817 Sept. 1902, .His death came in September,1902, on the waters of Little Mill Creek, near Baden, Mason County, West Virginia and he was laid to rest in a country church-yard nearby. His age was reported to be eighty-five, so he presumably was born in 1817.James Howell was a cooper by trade. He worked in various shops along the Ohio River, building kegs and barrels for shipment of many kinds of merchandise principally by steamboats on the Ohio and its tributaries. Information about his parents is not available nor have we found a record 6f the time and place of his birth. It is assumed that he was born in the upper Ohio valley and that his early life was spent there. The name of his first wife is unknown to us, but it appears that to them were born six children. We have some information about two or three of them. Sarah, who was born in 1845 married William Murphy and raised a large family near Newport, Washington County, Ohio.

flawn cox
my grandfather on my mom,s side was a Howell.he was from around Weston wv. He was born in 1902died 1988.His people were farmers and ministers from Virginia around richmond

Chip Howell
"Hywel the Goat"!? WTF? "Hywel Dda" is "Howell the Good" in Welsh, AFAIK.

Kimberly Baker Mason
I have been researching my Howell family tree. I have been unable to get past John Howell 1775-1856 from Virginia.

Leonard Howell
Daniel you do not say what area you live I am from the Swansea area but family history goes back to Caerphilly

Daniel Howell
should research my family tree

Daniel Howell
i an a howell but do not know of any welsh family

Susan Rosine
If you've traced your surname back to Wales, you should join the Wales DNA project! www.familytreedna.com/public/WalesDNA/