Howell Family Crest


Howell family crest

Colors on the Howell family crest explained

Argent (silver) - is a symbol of peacefulness and sincerity. These are two characteristics the Howell family was well known for.

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family.



  Symbols on the Howell family crest explained 

The cross - symbolizes Christ's rise from the dead to claim victory over sin. A connection to the Howell family's early religious associations and the principals of religion to which they lived.


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Origins of the Howell family name

Howell is a family name that can be traced back to the early 12th century.

It is believed to be of Welsh and English origin, and is derived from the personal name "Hywel".

The name "Hywel" itself is thought to be derived from the Welsh elements "hwy" and "el", which mean "eminent" and "leader" respectively.

The name is also derived from the given name Huwald.


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Summary of the Howell family and the Howell family crest

  • The Howell family name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the personal name 'Huwald'.
  • The Howell family name was first found in Monmouthshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
  • The first recorded spelling of the family name is found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where one 'Huwaldus' is listed.
  • The name is also found in the 12th century Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, where one 'Huwald' is recorded.
  • The Howells were originally from Wales, and the family name is thought to be derived from the Welsh 'hywel', meaning 'eminent'.
  • The Howells were one of the first families to settle in America, arriving in Massachusetts in 1630.
  • The Howells were also among the earliest settlers in Australia, arriving in Sydney in 1788.
  • The Howell family has produced a number of notable individuals, including several politicians, writers and artists.
  • The Howell name is also associated with a number of places around the world, including Howell Township in New Jersey, USA, and Howell Mountain in California, USA.
  • The current figurative head of the Howell family in England is Lord Howell of Guildford, a Conservative politician in the UK.