Meaning and Name Origin
Howard \ho-ward, howa-rd\ as a boys' 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 men (#79 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#65 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Howard for boys. Howard reached its top rank of #26 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is presently at #987. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Howard and related names. The only other popular alternative form of Howard (#987 last year) listed in the Top 1000 is Ward. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1890-1899 and is now much lower, with the versions Howard and Ward becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)