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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.


Howard has 2 variant forms: Howie and Ward.

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).

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

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

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).

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 also pronounced similarly to Hayward. Another suggested similar baby name is Hobard. These names tend to be less commonly used than Howard.