Origin of the name HOEL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HOEL.
A Duke of Brittany. A form of Welsh Hywel
"sharp-sighted." Yonge renders it "conspicuous."
Also see Howel.
(Celtic Remains, Morris, 1878).
of Arthur give him, among his many nephews, one named Hoel, Duke
of Brittany, whose niece Helena
was seized upon by the horrible giant Ritho, and devoured upon the top
This Hoel does not seem to have been a real
character. His name Higuel, the lordly or conspicuous, was a
common one in Wales and Brittany; and a prince so called seems really to
have fled to Arthur for aid against the Franks, and to have returned
with a fresh colony of Britons, by whose aid he became king of Armorica.
He reigned for thirty years, and died in 545. Other
Hoels reigned after him, the third of whom is said to have been killed
Another Hoel was that unfortunate relative of Owen
Glendower whom he was said to have killed and hidden in the blasted
tree. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)