The surname Howel is of Welsh origin. It is derived from the Welsh personal name Hywel ( Howell ). The name signifies ‘eniment’, and has been popular since the Middle Ages in honour of the great tenth-century law-giving Welsh king. A Welsh family bearing this name claim descent from the Welsh chieftain known as Coel Hen Gotebauc ‘the Old Protector’, who probably ruled an area of Britain under the Romans around the year 400. The most famous historical bearer is that of the tenth-century Welsh prince Howell Da. An old Anglo-Saxon chronicle reads; And Howell the Good, son of Cadwell, king, head and glory of all the Britons, died- A.D 948. The name may also be a habitational name derived from a place in Lincolnshire, England, named so from the Old English name ‘Huna’, composed of the elements ‘hun’, bear, cub and ‘well’, spring, stream. The name dates as far back as the tenth century were Huwal West Wala cyning is recorded in Anglo-Saxon Chronicles; he was known as King of the West Welsh. The name was brought to America by English immigrants. One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is … Coat of arms: Gules, on a…
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