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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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Definitions of Howard from WordNet

Howard (n.)
English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943);
Synonyms: Leslie Howard / Leslie Howard Stainer
Howard (n.)
Queen of England as the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was accused of adultery and executed (1520-1542);
Synonyms: Catherine Howard
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