Howell Family History

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Howell Name Meaning

Welsh: from the personal name Hywel ‘eminent’, popular since the Middle Ages in particular in honor of the great 10th-century law-giving Welsh king. English: habitational name from Howell in Lincolnshire, so named from an Old English hugol ‘mound’, ‘hillock’ or hune ‘hoarhound’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Powell, Rowell, Bowell, Cowell, Showell, Mowell, Hoell, Sewell

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Howell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Howell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Howell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Howell Family Origin

Where is the Howell family from?

Howell Family Occupations

What did your Howell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Howell family was Labourer. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Howell. The most common Howell occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Howell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Howell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Howell Historical Records

What Howell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 691,000 census records available for the last name Howell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Howell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 70,000 immigration records available for the last name Howell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 123,000 military records available for the last name Howell. For the veterans among your Howell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Howell Life Expectancy

What is the average Howell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Howell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Howell in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Howell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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