About the Project
The Howard Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Howard name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Howard name.
As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Howard's), by time period (18th Century Howard's), or by topic (Howard DNA, Howard Occupations, Howard Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.
Also see the related surnames and surname variants.
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How to Join
To join the Howard Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!
Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:
Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!
Related Surnames and Surname Variants
Origin of Howard Surname
There are several thories about the origin of the Howard name. There are several websites that make aguements for various origins.
The name does not appear to be related to a place name or occupation.
It has been suggested that it comes from the word Hugihard meaning "heart-brave," or "Hoh-ward", literally "high defender; chief guardian."
Howard also does not appear to be a patronymic surname (like Ericson), although some suggest a relationship to Ó hOghartaigh and/or Ó hIomhair.
The yDNA information suggests that it may have originated in England rather than Ireland or Scotland.
- Matthew Howard Sr. (abt.1609-aft.1658) haplogroup R-FT276415
- John Howard (abt.1675-) haplogroup R-M269
- Gordon Howard (abt.1675-abt.1754) haplogroup R-BY14603
- John Howard (1732-1797) haplogroup I-M223
- Mordecai Howard Sr. (abt.1745-1804) haplogroup 12-BY46958
- Enos Howard (1760-1844) haplogroup R-M269
- Thomas Howard (abt.1780-abt.1826) haplogroup R-Z16,
- Daniel A Howard (1803-aft.1870) haplogroup R-M269
- John Fitzalan Howard (1807-1868) not recorded
- Francis B Howard (1840-abt.1923) haplogroup R-M269
- Howard Family of Bridgewater Massachusetts Aug 26, 2020.