|Origin and meanings of the Howard Surname...
of the Howard name is English and the Coat of Arms contains
Red with a silver stripe between six silver crosses.
The Crest is A lion on a chapeau. The family
motto is Sola virtus invicta (see our logo -
top left of the page).
Surnames as we know them today were first
assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th centuries. They
were not in use in England and Scotland before the Norman conquest
of 1066, and were first found in the Domesday book. The use
of a second name, a custom introduced by the Normans (who themselves
had adopted it not long before) became in course of time a mark
of gentle blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for a gentleman
to have but one single name as meaner people had. It was not
until the reign of Edward II (1307 - 1327) that the practice
became general amongst all people in England.
These names were adopted according to fairly
general principles and can generally be divided into four classifications:
- Local names are taken from place of origin.
- Occupational names denote the trade or
profession of early users. (e.g. Miller).
- Nicknames describe mental or physical
characteristics, clothes etc. (e.g. Strong).
- Patronymic names used a father's first
name as the last name of his son. (e.g. John).
- HOWARD is an English patronymic name
from the Norman given name HUARD and HEWARD, which came
from the elements:
- hug = heart, mind + hard = hardy,
and from an Old Norse name HAWARD, from elements
ha = high + varπr = guardian.
- HEWARD, HEWART, HUART are variations
of the Norman form.
- HAWARD is a variation of the Norse.
- English/Norman patronymic versions
include HEWARTSON, HEWERTSON, HUARTSON and HUERTSON.
- HAYWARD is an English occupational
name that described the man who protected the enclosed
forest or other land from damage by vandals, poachers,
or animals. It comes from Old English:
- hay = enclosure + ward = guardian.
HEYWARD and HAWARD are variations.
- Some other variations are HAYWORD
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