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Formation of the Tyler-Howells name

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Date: 24 Aug 1999
Location: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdommap
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The surname "Tyler-Howells" is a double-barrelled surname, joined with a hyphen. When using initials, the surname is represented as "TH". For example, Matthew Tyler-Howells' initials are MTH, and his full initials (including middle names) is MPATH. It is important to note that "Tyler" is not a middle name, nor is "Howells" a surname. The chosen surname is "Tyler-Howells" spelt exactly, with the hyphen, in its entireity.

Formation of the name

The surname "Tyler-Howells" was formed following Phillip Blight's deed poll name change on 24 August 1999[1] in Cardiff, Wales. Wanting to distance himself from the Blight family following his rocky relations with his father, John Richard Blight, Phillip created a new surname. In the process, however, the solicitor made several mistakes and dropped one of the "L"'s from the first name, resulting in the new name "Philip Tyler-Howells".


"Howells" is the maiden name of Marlene June Blight, inherited from her father, Brynley Richard Howells. Marlene is Philip's mother. Marlene originates from Llanelli (then Llanelly), in Carmarthenshire, Wales.


"Tyler" is the maiden name of Emily Margaretta Howells (or Emily Margareita Howells, spelling unknown). Emily inherited the Tyler surname from her father, Herbert Henry Tyler (or Herbert Frank Tyler, middle name uncertain). Emily is Marlene's mother, and Marlene is Philip's mother. Emily and her mother, Sarah Jane Roberts, originate from Llanelli (then Llanelly), in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Emily's father, Herbert originates from Bristol, England.

Living Tyler-Howells Family

It is believed that the only living Tyler-Howells family (with a hypenated surname) consists of 3 people living in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. The first person to inherit the "Tyler-Howells" surname within this family is Matthew Tyler-Howells. This was inherited from Matthew's father, Philip Tyler-Howells, and adopted by Matthew's mother, Allison Preece.


  1. Printed deed poll of Phillip J Blight to Philip J Tyler-Howells, dated 24 Aug 1999. Verified in person by Matthew Tyler-Howells to be accurate. Verified with the subject of the source, Philip Tyler-Howells. Scanned copy of the document available upon request from Matthew Tyler-Howells. Confidence: certain.

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