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Howard 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 name Haward.
Baby names that sound like Howard are Hayward, Hardy and Hart.
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Popularity of Howard
Howard is a very popular first name for men (#79 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#65 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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