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What does Ward mean?

Ward Pronunciation of Ward as a boys' name is pronounced ward. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ward is "watchman". Occupational name. Used as a first name in the 19th century. Author Ward Lust. Also form of Howard.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, occupational, 19th century


VARIANTS Warde, Warden, Worden




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How popular is Ward?

Ward is a somewhat popular first name for men (#687 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#71 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ward reached its highest rank of #288 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ward name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Howard (#968 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is the only other popular variation form of Ward. Adoption of these forms of Ward reached its highest in the 1910s (ADOPTION OF 0.72%) and has become much less since (ADOPTION 0.01%, 98.4%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ward, Howard in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ward is pronounced similarly to Ard and Eward. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alard, Baird, Bard, Bayrd, Bird, Byrd, Caerd, Caird, Card, Cord, Dard, Ferd, Ford, Gard, Gyrd, Kaird, Kord, Laird, Lord, Wade, Wain, Wake, Wald, Waldi, Waldo, Walid, Walt, Ware, Wat, Watt, Way, Wayde, Wayn and Wild. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ward.

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