They gained the Title of Duke of Norfolk by marriage. The first Duke of Norfolk of the Howard line was created by Earl Marshall of England by Richard III in 1483, Henry VIII´s fifth Queen, Catherine Howard, was a niece of Thomas Howard. 3rd Duke of Norfolk. and is still succeeds male heir to the present day. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Mathew Howard’, from the County Kent, England, who emigrated to America in 1623. Today, ‘Howard’ is the ’62nd’ most common surname in North America.
The etymological origin of the surname Howard can be found in the norman personal name Huard, Heward “, The surname Howard is probably derived from the words “hug”(mind, spirit), “heart” (hardy, brave, strong). The earliset written reference to someone with this surname pertains to a certain Sir William Howard, mentioned in a document from the year 1308, who won the title of Duke of Norfolk by marriage. Other related surname… Coat of arms: Gules a bend be…
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