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What does Hywel mean?

Hywel Pronunciation of Hywel [hy-wel] as a boys' name is pronounced HOW-el, HU-wel. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Hywel is "conspicuous, eminent". A popular medieval name and source form of the Anglicized surname Howell. In Arthurian legend, King Hoel of Britanny was King Arthur's relative and ally.

Associated with: popular (famous), medieval, surname, king.


Hywel has 3 variants: Howel, Howell and Hywyn.

1 more related form via Howell: Howells.

Creative forms:
(male) Hawel, Hewel, ..

(female) Hyley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hywel Jerimiah (H.J.), ..

How popular is Hywel?

Hywel is an unusual given name for males. Hywel is an equivalently uncommon surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only prominent alternative form of Hywel (outside Top 2000) is Howell. Adoption of this relation of Hywel reached its apex in the 1890s (#689). (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Hywel is alike in pronunciation to Hal, Hale, Hall, Hayle and Hill. Other recommended names are Anwel, Hamel, Harel, Havel, Hawes, Hazel, Hevel, Hewe, Hewet, Howe, Hyder, Hymen, Lowel, Mykel, Newel, Nowel, Nygel, Pawel, Powel and Tyrel. These names tend to be more frequently used than Hywel.

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