my interest in the family name and its origins have been accelerated by the discovery of this GenForum. I am keen to find out the origins of our name, I was led to believe it is possibly french in origin? I hope someone can help me in my quest for enlightenment. I have found out that my side of the Nowell's lead to Yorkshire in the late 1800's Benjamin Nowell, the blacksheep of the wealthy family. Apparently the family were floor makers? possibly parque. He moved to Cardiff to become a butcher. Any connections would be interesting to explore.