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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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Where is the Howell family from?

You can see how Howell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Howell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Howell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 301 Howell families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Howell's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Howell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Howell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Howell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Howell. 18% of Howell men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Howell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Howell were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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