Howell Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Howell Family History

If you are conducting some Howell family history research then you can view the Howell coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Howell surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Howell in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac Haol sept that was located in County Mayo. This Gaelic name was also anglicized as McHale. Howell and Howells were also brought into the country by settlers from England.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Howell Coat of Arms

Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
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