about the surname howard?
hello everyone,
i'm Joe.i was wounding about the surname howard.i know howard is more of a boy's first name.i was just curious if it's british last name.or what the orgin of howard comes from.
thank you for your time.
-Joe:)

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It's only a boy's name.Here you go:
From an Old English surname which can derive from various occupational sources ("high warden" or "ewe herder" or "hog warden"), though another theory states that the surname derives from a Germanic first name composed of the elements hug "heart, mind" and hard "brave, hardy". The surname was borne by a British noble family.______________________________"....A simple I love you means more than money...."- Frank Sinatra
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howard
English: from the Norman personal name Huard, Heward, composed of the Germanic elements hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Haward, composed of the Old Norse elements há ‘high’ + varðr ‘guardian’, ‘warden’.
English: variant of Ewart 2.
Irish: see Fogarty.
Irish (County Clare) surname adopted as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó hÍomhair, which was formerly Anglicized as O’Hure. This is from Ancestry.com
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thanks The LP and d.germain,
i know the first name howard orgin is english but your saying the last name howard orgin is english and irish and german?
-Joe:)
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Not a German surname, just that the elements making up the name are Germanic, Old English having a common origin with German and other languages, Dutch, Danish, etc.
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ok jim so it's a old english surname.so it's around the european area?i'm not sure but would a surname with both english and french be a old english name too?
Joe:)
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I'm not sure. I can't think of an example of a name that combines English and French elements. Some French surnames from given names are Germanic in origin, the Franks were a Germanic tribe who adopted the Latin based French language, but often used the same Germanic elements to make up names. The French Renard is the same as the German Reinhardt, and the English adopted the French version making it Raynard and Rayner. There are lots of examples like that.
I think maybe Leonard is a hybrid, French leon, "lion", and Germanic hard.
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ok thanks jim.you just don't hear of howard as a surname alot i was just curious if it was eurpean name.i do have one quick question about hazel eyes like if blue-green or blue-brown are they very common with all Ethnicties?
Joe:)
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