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  • Abiel Shapleigh (1647 - 1687)
    Abiell Shapley formerly Howard Born 8 Aug 1647 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown] [sibling(s) unknown] Wife of Joseph Shapley — marrie...
  • Abigail Howard (1705 - 1788)
  • Abigail Howard (1697 - 1758)
  • Abigail Howard (1643 - 1718)
    Abigail (Ward) Dimon, m. Moses Dimon; m. 2d, 1685, to Edw. Howard. Daughter of Andrew and Esther Ward of Fairfield. "Andrew Ward was first known of in Watertown, Mass., where he was made a freeman. M...
  • Abigail Staples (1854 - 1943)
    Oprah’s paternal grandfather was Elmore Winfrey (the son of Sanford Elias Winfrey and Ella Staples). Elmore was born in Mississippi. Sanford was the son of Constantine Winfrey, who was born a slave, in...

About the Howard surname



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.


See Fogarty. Irish (County Clare) surname adopted as an equivalent of Gaelic Ó hÍomhair, which was formerly Anglicized as O’Hure.


Howard is the 70th most popular surname in the United States.

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