Howard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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, and hierde, which means herd.

In other cases, the name was adopted from where the person was born as in "William, son of Roger Fitz Valevine, took the name of Howard from being born in the Castle of Howard, in Wales, in the time of Henry I." [1] Another source sums up the diversity of the family's origin thusly: "Camden, the most important witness of all, places Howard amongst the names in use in England at the time of the Conquest. In all probability this name has had more than one origin." [2]

Early Origins of the Howard family

The surname Howard was first found in Norfolk, where one of the first records of the family was Elwin le Heyvard, who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls listed Alice le Heyward in Huntingdonshire and Geoffrey le Hayward in Cambridgeshire. Later, William Heyward or Howard was Sheriff of Norwich, Norfolk in 1657. [3]

"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." [4]

But the family quickly became widespread. Epworth in Lincolnshire was another ancient family seat. "This place, which is the principal town in the Isle of Axholme, a district comprising the north-west portion of the county, was anciently the residence of the Howard family, who had a castellated mansion here, of which nothing now remains except the site, where within the last 70 years have been dug up some of the cannon belonging to the fortifications." [4]

In Westmorland, at Levens in the parish, union, and ward of Kendal another early branch of the family was found. "On the eastern bank of the river Kent, which is crossed by a bridge on the Kendal road, is Levens Hall, the venerable mansion of the Howards, embosomed in a fine park, and crowned with towers, which, overtopping the highest trees, command extensive prospects on every side. The Howard family built the chapel, a parsonage, and schools, and endowed the living. " [4]

Important Dates for the Howard family

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Howard Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Howard family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443-1524) and 1st Earl of Surrey, who fought for King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485; Catherine Howard (circa 1520-1542), a cousin of Anne Boleyn and the 5th wife of Henry VIII, executed in 1542; Alethea Howard, 13th Baroness Furnivall, Countess of Arundel (1585-1654) wife of Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel; Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire (1587-1669), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons; Charles Howard, 2nd Earl...
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Migration of the Howard family to Ireland

Some of the Howard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Howard migration to the United States

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 [5]
  • John Howard, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • William Howard, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Howard, who landed in America in 1635 [5]
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Howard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susan Howard, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Margaret Howard, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [5]
  • Authur Howard, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [5]
  • Eignon Howard, who arrived in America in 1758 [5]
  • James Howard, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [5]
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Howard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Howard, aged 8, who landed in America in 1803 [5]
  • George Howard, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • George W Howard, aged 29, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [5]
  • Joshua Howard, who landed in America in 1815 [5]
  • Dexter Howard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
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Howard migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Dier Howard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Edward Howard U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 [6]
  • Capt. John Howard U.E. who settled in Quaco [St. Martins], New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the King's Orange Rangers [6]
  • Mr. John Howard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. John Howard Sr., U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 [6]
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Howard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Magory Howard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Henry Howard, aged 35, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Johanah Howard, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Robert Howard, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Coldwell Howard, aged 27, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
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Howard migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [7]
  • William Howard, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Henry Howard, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Lovit James Howard, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Michael Howard, a mason, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
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Howard migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Howard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Howard, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr Howard, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Antilla
  • James Howard, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Mr. Howard, British settler travelling from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa aboard the ship "Antilla" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 8th December 1841 [11]
  • Mrs. Howard, British settler travelling from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa aboard the ship "Antilla" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 8th December 1841 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Howard (post 1700)

  • Rance Howard (1928-2017), born Harold Rance Beckenholdt, an American actor, known for his roles in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Chinatown (1974), Splash (1984), Ed Wood (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), father of actor Clint Howard and Ron Howard
  • Craig Howard (1952-2017), American football coach and former player
  • 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
  • Brigadier-General Edwin Britain Howard (1901-1993), American Commanding Officer 23rd Infantry Regiment (1948-1949) [12]
  • Brigadier-General Clinton Wilbur Howard (1890-1949), American Commanding General Scramento Air Service Command (1943-1946) [13]
  • 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
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Historic Events for the Howard family

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Eric S.  Howard (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [14]
  • Mrs. Florence  Howard, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Master Eddie  Howard (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Mrs. Marion  Howard (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Master John Reuben  Howard (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Leonard John Howard (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Eric S Howard (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Guernsey, Channel Island, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Howard, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Alexander R Howard, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Howard, American 3rd Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
RMS Titanic
  • Miss May Elizabeth Howard, aged 27, English Third Class passenger from North Walsham, Norfolk who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible C [20]
  • Mr. Benjamin Howard (d. 1912), aged 63, English Second Class passenger from Swindon, Wiltshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mrs. Ellen Truelove Howard (d. 1912), (née Arman), aged 60, English Second Class passenger from Swindon, Wiltshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Elmo Howard, American Seaman First Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Rolan George Howard, American Gunner's Mate Third Class from Minnesota, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]

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Citations

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  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Edwin Howard. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Howard/Edwin_Britain/USA.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Clinton Howard. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Howard/Clinton_Wilbur/USA.html
  14. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  21. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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