The surname Howell is the anglicised form of the Welsh patrynomic name Hywel. It is quite a common name in Wales, although it is predominantly found on the south coast. It is from the same root as the following Welsh surnames: Hywel, Howells and Powell (ap Howell).
The earliest ancestor I have been able to trace is Griffith HOWEL who married Mary MORGAN in 1757. They came from New Moat in the old Welsh county of Pembrokeshire. Griffith was a Blacksmith as were many of his descendents. In the mid 19th Century, the family moved to Pembroke Dock where Thomas continued the family tradition of Blacksmith. His third son, Benjamin, took a job as a ship fitter in the Naval Dockyard.
There is more information on the history of Pembroke Dock at the Pembroke Dock Community Web Project.
Pembroke Dock is in the modern county of Dyfed - the web site of Dyfed FHS contains many useful resources.
Last update: 26 Mar 2004