Researching my great grandmother's family I found hundreds of Nowells in S Devon, mostly born in the little fishing town of Brixham. This was in the 1851 Census extract (Devon, Norfolk and Warwickshire) which is published on disc. These included 2 Yorkshire families living in Birmingham, 1 family in Wisbeach, Norfolk and another from St Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. Beware of printing them all out though because you will also get the 200 inhabitants of the Totnes "Union Workhouse" of whom only one was a Nowell! I hopw this is of interest and will be happy to look through the list for anyone else researching the name.