Howard Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Howard Family History

If you are conducting some Howard family history research then you can view the Howard coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Howard surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Howard in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'hIomhair Sept that was located in County Clare in the West of the country. It was also brought into Ulster by settlers from England, especially during the seventeenth century. O'Hure is a variant of this name.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Howard Coat of Arms

Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
Canton An Honorable charge
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
Sun Denotes Glory and Splendour.
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