Meaning and name origin
Howard \ho-ward, howa-rd\ as a boy's name is pronounced HOW-erd. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Howard is "noble watchman". Occupational name and surname of one of the great houses of English nobility. Millionaire Howard Hughes; sportscaster Howard Cosell.
For more information, see also the related boy name Haward.
Howard is a very popular first name for males (#79 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#65 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Howard for boys. Howard reached its highest rank of #26 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Howard and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Howard (#987) and Ward. (2014 statistics).