Howard Family History

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Howard Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Huard, Seward, Coward, Ward, Bovard, Howarth, Howald, Hoad, Herard

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Howard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Howard name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Howard. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    49%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    5%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Howard Family Origin

Where is the Howard family from?

Howard Family Occupations

What did your Howard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Howard family was Farm Laborer. The most common Howard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Howard's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Howard.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Howard ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Howard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Howard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Howard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 143,000 immigration records available for the last name Howard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 301,000 military records available for the last name Howard. For the veterans among your Howard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Howard Life Expectancy

What is the average Howard lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Howard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Howard in 1940 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Howard

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Howard ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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