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Catherine. ?1521–42, fifth wife of Henry VIII of England; beheaded
Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham and 1st Earl of Nottingham. 1536–1624, Lord High Admiral of England (1585–1618). He commanded the fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada (1588)
Sir Ebenezer. 1850–1928, English town planner, who introduced garden cities
Henry Howard See Surrey
John. 1726–90, English prison reformer
John Winston. born 1939, Australian politician; prime minister of Australia (1996–2007)
Leslie. real name Leslie Howard Stainer. 1890–1943, British actor of Hungarian descent. His many films included The Scarlet Pimpernel (1938), Pygmalion (1938), and Gone With the Wind (1939)
Trevor. 1916-88, British actor. His many films include Brief Encounter (1946), The Third Man (1949), Ryan's Daughter (1970), and White Mischief (1987)
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Word Origin and History for howard


proper name, from Old French Huard, from a Germanic source similar to Old High German *Hugihard "heart-brave," or *Hoh-weard, literally "high defender; chief guardian." Also probably in some cases a confusion with cognate Old Norse Haward, and as a surname also with unrelated Hayward. In some rare cases from Old English eowu hierde "ewe herd."

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