Howard, ó hIomhair An English surname from the Norman personal name Huard, Heward, perhaps meaning ‘hardy, brave, strong’, also from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Haward perhaps meaning ‘high guardian’. The surname borne by the Dukes of Norfolk. A Gaelic sept of Thomond meaning descendant of Iomhar (from the Norse personal name Ivarr). In 1890 Howard was principally found in Dublin, Cork, Clare and Limerick, and the estimated number of bearers was 2,730. In the United States it is the 65th most numerous surname with an estimated 302,500 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 108th most numerous surname.
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