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Gender: Male Origin of Howell: English variation of Hywel, an eminent Welsh king

The name Howell is a boy's name of English origin. Howell and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (with careers!)".

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A familiar and usable last name turned first, though some might tie it to the snooty couple on Gilligan's Island.

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Famous People Named Howell

(Thomas) Howell Cobb, US Speaker of the House; 40th Governor of Georgia; co-founder of the Confederacy
Howell Thomas Heflin, US Senator from Alabama
Howell Stouten Wayans, father of the famous Wayans family
Shawn Howell Wayans, son of actor Marlon Wayans

Pop Culture References for the name Howell

Howell "Howl" Jenkins, character from book/movie "Howl's Moving Castle"
Thurston and Lovey Howell, characters from TV's "Gilligan's Island"