The Howlett Origins
The Howlett family name origin was researched by a man named Hulet of Dillon, Montana. According to him, the name Howlett is derived from Saint Hugh of Lincoln, England, who died in 1200. He was canonized in 1220 for his great compassion for the poor and opposition to the persecution of the Jews. His father was Lord of Avalon, in Burgundy, France (an English possession where Hugh was born). HIS father renounced the world when Hugh was eight years old, and took his son with him to the monastery of the Grande Chartreuse near Grenoble France . There he demonstrated his ability as an administrator. In about 1175 Hugh went to England at the request of Henry II, in 1186 he was appointed bishop of Lincoln. He was responsible for building the cathedral of Lincoln where he is buried. His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage.
His feast is celebrated on November 17. Following about 1200 it became popular
for people to to take their names after Saints. To account for our names; Hugh
came from France of English parentage, but he must of spoken French perhaps
better than English. To honor his name and position his followers became as his
children or little followers. LET is the diminutive or OL-LET a double
diminutive of his followers. There are many spellings of the name of which
Howlett, Hewlett, Hulett, and Hughlett are the most common spellings
Howlett is the 6,314th most popular last name (surname) in the United States frequency is 0.002%; percentile is 65.977
The name of Howlett does have a coat of arms (above) which was awarded in
1559 at Sydenham in Kent England by Elizabeth 1st.