First name origin & meaning:
First name variations: Hough, Houghton, Howel, Howden, Howe
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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 hūne ‘hoarhound’.
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