Ancient Germanic, Animals, English, H names, Lamb/Sheep, Male, Middle English, Old Norse, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Howard

Howard comes from an English surname with several possible sources:

  • it may be derived from Anglo-Norman Huard from Germanic name Hughard meaning “brave heart” from hug (heart, mind) and hard (brave, hardy);
  • it may also be derived from Anglo-Scandinavian Haward derived from Old Norse Hávarðr meaning “high guardian” or “high defender” from Old Norse elements há (high) and varðr (guardian, defender);
  • it may also be derived from Middle English ewehirde meaning “ewe herder”, an occupational name for someone who worked as a shepherd.

Nicknames: Howie, Ward

Origin: Ancient Germanic, Old Norse, Middle English

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Variants:

  • Hughart (Ancient Germanic)
  • Hughard (Ancient Germanic)
  • Haward (Scandinavian)
  • Hávarðr (Old Norse)

 

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