Last name: Howard

When the final definitive history of famous English surnames is written, the surname of Howard will surely be near the head of the list. It appears no less than seventy-five times in the British National Biography, whilst thirty-seven coats of arms have been granted to the name holders. The highest heraldic rank in England is that of Earl Marshall, responsible for all events in which the monarch takes a ceremonial role. This title is held by the Duke of Norfolk, whose family descend from Sir William Howard who died in 1308. Lord Howard of Effingham was the victor over the Spanish Armada in 1588, not Sir Francis Drake as is popularly recorded. There are two possible originations for the surname. It may derive from the Norman-French personal names Huard and Heward, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066. These were originally adapted forms of the pre 7th century Germanic personal name "Hughard", composed of the elements "hug", meaning heart or spirit, and "hard", hardy and brave. Alternatively it may derive from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name "Haward", composed of the elements "ha", meaning high and "varthr", a guardian. The names Huardus, Huart and Houardus, all appear as land owners in the famous Domesday Book of 1086, which predated most surnames by at least two hundred years. In the modern idiom the surname has several spellings including Howard, Howerd, Heward and Huard. The first recorded spelling of the family name is probably that of Robert Howarde. This was dated 1221, in the rolls of Ely Abbey, Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop," often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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ann henderson

I'm descended from Howards in Churchtown, Southport,Lancashire, uk 1720-ish


I would appreciate any help with tracing my Howard family back to England. I have stopped at Thomas and Letty Durham Howard. All help appreciated.

Coral Paige

I am a Howard. My great great great grandfather was Alfred George Howard, born in Lambeth, Surrey, England in 1825. I can not find his parents or siblings. Alfred George had Alfred, my great grandfather, who had Vivian, my great grandfather, who had Harold, my grandfather. He was born in 1905, in London and emigrated to the United States around 1929. I have heard family rumors that we are relations to the Boleyn Howards and Lord Howard, Duke of Effingham. (My grandfather used to say, "I'm descended from the Duke of Effingham, and I've been Effingham (f-ing 'em) every since! Haha!

Martin Howard

I share the name of another person on this site. However, I reside in Australia. John Howard arrived in South Australia aboard the Hooghly in 1839 from London. John was a baker by trade but he and his family became pioneering farmers and major land holders in New South Wales. John was the son of Henry Howard based in London and believed to be a caterer to Royalty. It has been said within the family that our family are descendants of Howards of the Dukes of Norfolk.

Michael Howard
My great gran uncle owned 126 acres of land in 1873 in County Cork Ireland. Thats where I live at the moment with my parents. Its as far back as i can go. i dont know how he came to own this land or where he came from!!! Dead end.

Martin Howard
Howards can be found in Cork and North Kerry, Ireland with a clan of them outside Killarney that seem to have arrived there from Cork in the 1830s. There are some great websites that let one search Irish church records.

A very useful on is of Irish church records

good luck, mate, and remember, all Howards are related!

Church Records - Irish Genealogy
WHAT CHURCH RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE? On this site:1. Transcripts of the baptism and marriage records of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kerry to c. 1900 - this diocese includes parishes in western and north-western areas of Co. Cork. 2. Transcript...

Leo Bradley
My great-grandfather was named Peter Thaddeus Howard, born in Co Cork in 1820. He emigrated to the Corktown section of Detroit, MI, about 1850. He was a sea-captain & was lost in Lake Superior with crew in 1872. He is honored in the Great Lakes Shipwreck museum near White Fish Point, MI. We have not been able to trace his roots in Ireland.

peter howard
my grandfather, Phil (not Phillip) Howard was born in Stotfold in 1873. His sons were Phil and James Albert (my father) and daughter Coleta. I am Peter James Howard, born Whitchurch Hants 1/7/42. more if you wish from :-

Tamatha Howard Castle
I am a Howard from Mississippi. My father is Harold Howard and his father is Douglas Howard from Arkansas and His father Captain Jim Howard. Road stopped there.......but still looking.....

hollie howard
I'm a howard as well

where from which area

Brandy Howard
I'm a Howard a full blooded one at that. I'm just trying to learn about my family

Teresa Harrell
My Howard line is traced back so far to Ocracoke NC. My ancestor was William Howard, his son George, Corneillus, Martin, Daniel, Benjamin are my grandfathers'. As well as Henry Clay Howard my grandfather. My father is Noah Howard. I have been told all my life that we are descendants of the Duke of Norfolk. don't know for sure. We believe that Philip Howard is William's father and that his father was also named William. I have been told that this set of Howard's have always been a mystery to people. Don't know why. We also think that our William, Philip's son, was Blackbeard's quartermaster. Another tibbit you might like to know is that Lady Godiva was married to a Howard. He was the ruler of Mercia, I think that is the spelling. If anyone has information on my William would love to know about it. Also my father has done the dna test with family tree, would be great to have more Howard men do this with them. So far he has only matched a Howard in Florida, none of the Howard's from Maryland.

Helen Proszenyak
I'm impressed that anyone could find that John Howard, Ex PM is actually related to the 1st Duke of Norfolk. I have Aust. Howard relatives too, and have checked them out a bit. It's a very common name. John Howard's forbears, James and Elizabeth Howard arrived in Sydney Aust in 1855 aboard the Blenhiem. They came from Hertfordshire. James was a brewers man and his wife Elizabeth did washing. Nothing wrong with that - but not the sort of people who would have good records of their ancesters back to the 1500s.

Martin Howard

A large majority of Howards are likely descendants of the Dukes of Norfolk but I would like to know if any have been successful at tracing the link. I have checked if there was any connection with JH the former Aust PM but no link with his and my family in Australia.

Michele Lyon-Brown
My grandmother was Ruth Howard who came from a large family from Los Angeles. Her father was Frederick Howard, a doctor who came to LA during the 1850s as I am told. He was from England and had travelled to various countries offering his medical services. Her brothers Paul and Fred Howard were both recognized for being rose hybridizers and horticulturists.

If we're from the Howard family, doesn't that mean were family.

Jan Howard
I am trying to trace my Great Grandfather Henry Howard born in London approximately 1827 and married a Margaret Kelly from County Cork in Brisbane in 1866 any information would help

my familys name is howard and they are from London last known in poplar area their names are all john and William and edmondstone theres a castle in Norfolk called howard castle the names before about 1850 I don't know

Michael Howard
I was born in TN and can follow my line of Howards back to Joseph Howard 1799, all in TN. As with Tamatha above, the trail stops there.

C Howard
I've traced my line back to a Sir Francis Howard...

Marcia Miller

I have traced my Howard line back to Thomas and Letty Durham Howard. I think you may be in my line. If so I would love to have what information you can share. Thanks. Marcia Howard Miller

peter james howard
Interesting to read these earlier comments: I have traced my family at Stotfold Bedfordshire as far back as 1820, and assume they had not come from far away!

I am researching my Grandfather from Rhodesia,Bulawayo-Frank Stanley Howard any info please...kevin

James M. Howard
There are literally millions of us Howard's out there. John Howard came to the American colony in the 1640's, he was a direct descendant of Sir John Howard the 1st Duke of Norfolk. John married a local girl in 1650 and they settled in Virginia. By the 1760's the family had settled in North Carolina and fought against the British in the revolution. The early 1820's found the Howard family in Kentucky and Tennessee and finally here in Missouri by 1828. This part of the family fought for the Union during the civil war while others left behind in the other states undoubtedly fought for the Confederacy. From Missouri this arm of the family has spread to Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon and California.

Derral Howard
James - For the longest time I thought my Howard line came from Maryland and then to South Carolina. The farther I go back it appears they possibly started in Virgina and moved to KY, TN, SC, LA, and AR. My grandfather moved to OK in 1920 and my Mom and Dad stayed in OK. I have several Aunts and Uncles that moved to CA (Fresno, Clovis, Porterville area). I'm going to look at your John Howard and see if our lines possibly meet with a common ancestor.

howard family must have arrived in London after they lost their land as this howard family is the last of the howard family in my group

howard family must have arrived in London after they lost their land as this howard family is the last of the howard family in my group

the names in my howard family are William john edmondstone lots of johns and williams

My Grandmother: Grace Howard Lykins
I have traced my Howard Family back to.... Sir William HOWARD 1242 – 1308 and Lady Alice DeFitton Baroness 1246 – 1310.... Two cousins; Anne Boleyn 1501 – 1536 (mother of the Queen of England, which is a related cousin, as well) and Catherine Howard 1523 – 1542 (two spouses of King Henry VIII that were both beheaded) .... Lord Francis Edward HOWARD 1639 – 1722, the first Howard in my line to come to the colonies in 1648 arriving in Virginia. Virginia, North Caroline, Georgia, where Colonel Thomas John HOWARD 1750 – 1822 marries Leticia Durham, Hatchet Grey, a Cherokee Native American. My family now is in the great state of Kentucky. Good luck on your journey, some of you are my cousins, too!

My mother was born a Howard, both her parents were born Howard's in Kentucky.... but different Howard lines. I can only trace back to Ann Arundel,MD and VA where both lines originated from. Can not go back any farther before they came to America (I'm assuming 1650ish by birth records) If anyone as any info before the U.S. that would be great! Are we or are we not related to the famous Howard's of England?


My Howards are from Ky and still where I lived. Mine go back to Thomas and Letty Durham Howard. Is this your line. If so I would love any information you can share.

My Howard family came from Morchard Bishop, Devon and surround areas, have managed to get back to about about 1800 with them.

Charles Edward Love
my grandfather's name was Aden Howard and his father's name was Henry. this Howard family has been in the Somerset Co. Md. area for around 300 yrs. I think Henry's father's name was John. can anyone help me with this family line?

malcolm Howard

I'm a howard, Newcastle upon Tyne

trudi a hilton
my grandmas maiden name was howard and we recently found out that they originated from cambridgeshire,furthest records we have are thomas howard born 1700 who married mary warboys 16/5/1723 steeple morden cambs.. if you are related give me a shout :)

Ariel Howard
I am descended from John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk (1421-1485) born in England. He was the son of Sir Robert Howard. He had many children: Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, Anne Howard, Isabel Howard, Joan Howard, Margaret Howard, Nicholas Howard, and Katherine Howard. The former prime minister of Australia, John Howard, is my distant cousin.

katina Pearey
My Husbands G/Grandma was a Howard born 1888 in Hartlepool Durham Her name was Etta

Chris Leighton (Howard)

I am looking to find anyone who knew of Stephen Howard, an Osteopath who emigrated without his family to Montreal from Islington England circa 1920 and died there about 20 years later.