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What does Howard mean?

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.


Variations

Howard has 2 variants: Howie and Ward.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Haward.


Popularity

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 (#70 out of 150436, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Howard name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Howard outside U.S.

The only other popular alternative form of Howard (#987 last year) is Ward. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.84%) and is now much lower (usage 0.0065%, down 99.2%), with the versions Howard and Ward becoming less trendy. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Howard and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Howard, Ward in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Howard and related baby names outside U.S.


Similar Names

Howard is pronounced similarly to Hayward. Another recommended similar baby name is Hobard. These names tend to be less frequently used than Howard.

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