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What does Howel mean?

Howel Pronunciation of Howel [how-el] as a name for boys is of Welsh derivation, and Howel means "eminent, remarkable". Howel is a variant form of Howell (Welsh): anglicized form of Hywel.


2 alternative forms via Howell, Hywel: Howells and Hywyn.

Creative forms:
(male) Holel, Howelm, ..

(female) Howen, Hower, ..

Middle name pairings:
Howel Messiah (H.M.), ..

How popular is Howel?

Howel is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#73659 out of 150436, Top 49%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Howell is the only prominent variation form of Howel (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Hywyn, are seldom used. This relation of Howel reached the apex of its popularity in the 1890s. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Howell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Howel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Howel is pronounced similarly to Hal, Hale, Hall and Hill. Other recommended names are Anwel, Hamel, Harel, Havel, Hawes, Hazel, Hevel, Hewe, Hewet, Hobey, Homer, Hosea, How, Howe, Howie, Howlen, Joel, Jorel, Lovel, Lowel, Newel, Noel, Nowel, Pawel, Powel, Rodel, Ronel, Sorel and Yoel. These names tend to be more frequently used than Howel.

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