Howard Name & History

Origin:

English/ Norman & Irish

History:

1. From the Norman personal name Huard, Heward, composed of the Germanic elements hug 'heart', 'mind', 'spirit' + hard 'hardy', 'brave', 'strong'.

2. From the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Haward, composed of the Old Norse elements ha 'high' + varor 'guardian', 'warden'.

3. From the personal name Ewart, an Anglo-Norman French form of Edward.

4. Occupational name for a shepherd, from Middle English ewehirde, from Old English eowu 'ewe' + hierde 'herdsman'.

5. Habitational name from a place in Northumbria named Ewart, from Old English ea 'river' + wor{dh} 'enclosure'; it is enclosed on three sides by the rivers Glen and Till.

References:

www.ancestry.com (accessed April 26, 2010)