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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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Haward.
Howard is a very popular first name for males (#79 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#65 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Howard for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Howard and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Howard and Ward. (2015 statistics).
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