Howard

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Origin: English

Meaning: an English surname derived from several possible sources: it could be from Anglo-Norman Huard, from Germanic Hughard meaning “heart, mind + brave, hard” from Germanic elements hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy).

It could be from Anglo-Scandanavian Haward, from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning “high + guardian, defender” from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender).

It could also be an old Middle English term ewehirde meaning “ewe herder”

Diminutive forms of the name are Howie/Howey and Ward.

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