[ 2 syll. do-wel(l), dow-e-ll ] The baby boy name Dowell is pronounced as DAAWehL †. The origin of Dowell is Celtic. The name is of the meaning dark stranger. The first name is derived from the surname Dowell, which is itself a variant of the surname Dougal. Other forms of the surname include Dougill, Dugall, Dugald, Dowall, and Doyle. The name is ultimately from the elements 'dubh' (meaning dark, black) and 'gall' in reference to the Scandinavians.
See also the related form, Macdowell.
Dowell is rarely used as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† English pronunciation for Dowell: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; W as in "we (W.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"