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The name Howard originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the Old French name Huard
or the Old German name Howard.
The former name is derived from the Old German name Hugihard,
which literally means heart-brave.
The latter name, which is also spelled Howart,
is a cognate of the Old Norse name Haward
and means high or chief warden.
Occasionally, the surname Howard may have been applied to someone who worked at a dairy farm at which female sheep were kept. In this case, the derivation is from the Old English words eowu,
which means ewe,
which means herd.
The surname Howard was first found in Norfolk
, where Elwin le Heyvard was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. However, the Cumberland
branch of the family is related as evidenced by Geoffrey le Hayward who was listed on the same rolls. 
"The church [of East Winch in Norfolk] is a handsome structure in the later English style, with a square embattled tower; in the east window are the arms of Vere and Howard, and on the north side is the ancient chapel of St. Mary, the burial-place of the latter family. Near Grancourt House, which was the seat of Sir William Howard, who purchased the manor in the reign of Edward the First, are some slight remains of a religious house." 
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Howard has appeared include Howard, Howerd and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howard research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1443, 1524, 1485, 1520, 1542, 1542, 1585, 1654, 1587, 1669, 1615, 1679, 1675, 1626, 1698, 1536, 1624, 1588, 1651, 1701, 1689, 1701, 1698, 1703, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Howard History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 347 words (25 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Howard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Howard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Howard arrived in North America very early:
Howard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Howard, who settled in Virginia in 1622
- Judeth Howard, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- John Howard settled in Virginia in 1634
- William Howard settled in Virginia in 1635
- Samuel Howard, who landed in America in 1635
Howard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Susan Howard, who landed in Virginia in 1701
- Margt Howard, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
- Authur Howard, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Eignon Howard, who arrived in America in 1758
- James Howard, who landed in America in 1760-1763
Howard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Howard, aged 8, landed in America in 1803
- George Howard, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812
- George W Howard, aged 29, landed in Maryland in 1812
- Joshua Howard, who landed in America in 1815
- Dexter Howard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
Howard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Dier Howard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
- Mr. Edward Howard U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784
- Capt. John Howard U.E. who settled in Quaco [St. Martins], New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the King's Orange Rangers
- Mr. John Howard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
- Mr. John Howard Sr., U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784
Howard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Sarah Magory Howard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
- Henry Howard, aged 35, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork
- Johanah Howard, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork
- Robert Howard, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
- Coldwell Howard, aged 27, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
Howard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Howard, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Howard, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Henry Howard, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Lovit James Howard, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Michael Howard, a mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
Howard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Howard landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Mr Howard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Antilla
- James Howard arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
- Wm Howard landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
- William Howard, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
- Kenneth Joseph "Ken" Howard Jr. (1944-2016), American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow
- Mr. William Howard (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Brigadier-General Edwin Britain Howard (1901-1993), American Commanding Officer 23rd Infantry Regiment (1948-1949)
- Brigadier-General Clinton Wilbur Howard (1890-1949), American Commanding General Scramento Air Service Command (1943-1946)
- Richard Howard (b. 1929), American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator awarded the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
- Sidney Coe Howard (1891-1939), American playwright and screenwriter awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award in 1940 for the screenplay for Gone with the Wind
- Ronald William "Ron" Howard (b. 1954), American Academy Award winning film and television actor and director, best known for his movies Cocoon, Apollo 13, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Harlan Howard (1927-2002), American country songwriter, who wrote "I Fall to Pieces"
- Edwin Lee Howard (1951-2002), American CIA officer, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985
- John Howard (1913-1995), American soldier awarded the both the Navy Cross and the Croix de Guerre for his actions during WWII
- Norris, Hackett, Prescott and Allied Families: Our ancestors and Their Descendants, Including Adams, Andrews, Bachelder, Bartlett, Boulter, Brewer, Brown, Harding, Hinkley, Howard, Huntington et al by Hugh Albert Johnson.
- Ancestors and Descendants of Matthew A.B. Howard, Georgia-Florida, 1793-1978, with Allied Families by Norma Slater Woodward.
- The Dukes of Norfolk: A Quincentennial History by John Martin Robinson.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Sola virtus invictaMotto Translation:
Virtue alone invincible.
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The Howard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Howard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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