Help with Howl: Rugby, Welshisms and saucepans

minnow at minnow at
Wed Mar 16 19:11:36 EST 2005

>> > Is Howell a particularly Welsh name?
>> Yes. Even more so when spelt Hywell.
>> Robert
>Hywel, not Hywell. The difference is important, because LL is pronounced
>very differently from L on its own.
>Hywel Dda ('H. the Good') was a 10th c. Welsh king (famous for introducing a
>set of laws to Wales), so the name is of some antiquity.

I regret to have to tell you that *The Wordsworth Dictionary of First
Names* (1995) gives "Hywell" as a "variant form".

Other books have offered Hywl, Hywel, Howel, Hoel.  According to the
various books, it means "eminent", "lordly" or "conspicuous"!


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