First name origin & meaning:
English: Protector of the home
First name variations: Howie, Ward, Howerd
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Norman personal name Huard,
Heward, composed of the Germanic elements hug ‘heart’,
‘mind’, ‘spirit’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
- English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name
Hāward, composed of the Old Norse elements há
‘high’ + varðr ‘guardian’, ‘warden’.
- English: variant of
- Irish: see Fogarty.
- Irish (County
Clare) surname adopted as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó
hÍomhair, which was formerly Anglicized as O’Hure.
- The house of Howard, the leading family of the English Roman
Catholic nobility, was founded by Sir William Howard or Haward of
Norfolk (d. 1308). The family acquired the dukedom of Norfolk by
marriage. The first duke of Norfolk of the Howard line was created
earl marshal of England by Richard III in 1483, and this office has
been held by his succeeding male heirs to the present day. They also
hold the earldoms of Suffolk, Berkshire, Carlisle, and Effingham.
Henry VIII’s fifth queen, Catherine Howard (?1520–42), was a niece
of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. American Howards include the father and son John Eager Howard and Benjamin Chew Howard of Baltimore, MD, both MD politicians.
Famous people with this first name:
Bryce Dallas Howard,
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