From an English surname which can derive from several different sources: the Anglo-Norman given name Huard
, which was from the Germanic
; the Anglo-Scandinavian given name Haward
, from the Old Norse
; or the Middle English term ewehirde
meaning "ewe herder". This is the surname of a British noble family, members of which have held the title Duke of Norfolk from the 15th century to the present. A famous bearer of the given name was the American industrialist Howard Hughes (1905-1976).