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HOWARD - Name Meaning & Origin


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HOWARD Surname Meaning & Origin:

Several possible origins for the Howard surname include:

1) Derived from the Old Germanic name "hugihard," denoting one strong of heart, or very brave.

2) Derived from Germanic term howart, meaning "high chief," "warden," or "chief warden."

3) From "hof-ward," the keeper of a hall

Howard is the 70th most popular surname in the United States.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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