Howard

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346k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Howard

"Howard" is a name of English origin, and it means "Heart brave". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Queen of England as the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was accused of adultery and executed (1520-1542)
  2. English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)
Wiktionary

Medieval personal name from Old Norse Hávarðr, from hár (“high”) + varðr (“guard”). In some cases a variant of Heward, from Old French Huard.

  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name, transferred back from the surname. Short form: Howie.

Notable Persons Named Howard

Howard Hughes was a chairman, ceo of summa corporation, founder of the howard hughes corporation, founder of the hughes aircraft company, founder, benefactor of the howard hughes medical institute, summa corporation, howard hughes corporation, hughes aircraft company, howard. He was most prominent from 1926 to 1976. Howard was given the name Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. by his parents Howard R. Hughes and Sr. on December 24th, 1905 in Humble, Texas, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 5th, 1976.

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H. P. Lovecraft was a dark fantasy, gothic fiction, horror fiction, science fiction, and weird fiction writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1917 to 1937. H. was given the name Howard Phillips Lovecraft on August 20th, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. He breathed his last breath on March 15th, 1937.

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Howard Stern is a radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, photographer, radio, and television personality. He has been prominent since 1975. Howard was given the name Howard Allan Stern on January 12th, 1954 in Queens.

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Howard Schultz is a chairman, ceo of starbucks, starbucks, and ceo ofstarbucks. Howard was given the name Howard D. Schultz on July 19th, 1953 in Brooklyn.

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Howie Mandel is an observational comedy and improvisational theatre comedian. Howie was given the name Howard Michael Mandel on November 29th, 1955 in Toronto.

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Anton LaVey was a priest, author, musician, list of occultists, circus, carnival, hypnosis, psychic detective, occultist, circus performer, carnivalhypnotist, and psychic investigator. Anton was given the name Howard Stanton Levey on April 11th, 1930 in Chicago. He died on October 29th, 1997.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Howard

Ron Howard is an actor, director, producer, and film producer. He has been prominent since 1959. Ron was given the name Ronald William Howard by his parents Jean Speegle Howard and Rance Howard on March 1st, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Bryce Dallas Howard is an actress, director, and film director. She has had major accomplishments since 1989. Bryce was born as the child of Ron Howard on March 2nd, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Dwight Howard is a basketball player for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2004. Dwight was born on December 8th, 1985 in Atlanta.

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Terrence Howard is an actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He was most active from 1992 to present. Terrence was given the name Terrence Dashon Howard on March 11th, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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She was most prominent from 1540 to 1541. Catherine was born as the child of Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpeper in Lambeth. She died on February 13th, 1542.

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Curly Howard was an actor and comedian. He was most active from 1918 to 1947. Curly was given the name Jerome Lester Horwitz on October 22nd, 1903 in New York, U.S. Curly is also known as Jerry Howard. He breathed his last breath on January 18th, 1952.

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How popular is the baby name Howard in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 357 0 357 #45 boy name
1881 359 0 359 #41 boy name
1882 422 0 422 #42 boy name
1883 429 0 429 #39 boy name
1884 432 0 432 #44 boy name
1885 438 0 438 #41 boy name
1886 467 0 467 #37 boy name
1887 434 5 429 #42 boy name
1888 521 8 513 #40 boy name
1889 503 0 503 #38 boy name
1890 509 8 501 #40 boy name
1891 490 5 485 #40 boy name
1892 548 0 548 #39 boy name
1893 556 0 556 #35 boy name
1894 612 0 612 #33 boy name
1895 641 0 641 #33 boy name
1896 677 0 677 #33 boy name
1897 634 0 634 #33 boy name
1898 712 6 706 #35 boy name
1899 594 5 589 #34 boy name
1900 784 5 779 #35 boy name
1901 589 5 584 #34 boy name
1902 632 0 632 #35 boy name
1903 636 0 636 #38 boy name
1904 732 6 726 #35 boy name
1905 746 11 735 #35 boy name
1906 809 6 803 #32 boy name
1907 875 0 875 #33 boy name
1908 1,083 5 1,078 #28 boy name
1909 1,175 9 1,166 #26 boy name
1910 1,310 0 1,310 #27 boy name
1911 1,473 6 1,467 #28 boy name
1912 3,231 19 3,212 #25 boy name
1913 3,683 20 3,663 #26 boy name
1914 4,515 25 4,490 #26 boy name
1915 6,130 27 6,103 #25 boy name
1916 6,202 30 6,172 #25 boy name
1917 6,444 34 6,410 #26 boy name
1918 6,966 38 6,928 #26 boy name
1919 6,872 28 6,844 #24 boy name
1920 7,511 44 7,467 #24 boy name
1921 7,747 36 7,711 #27 boy name
1922 7,338 41 7,297 #26 boy name
1923 7,197 36 7,161 #26 boy name
1924 7,416 46 7,370 #26 boy name
1925 7,215 48 7,167 #26 boy name
1926 6,889 50 6,839 #27 boy name
1927 6,874 42 6,832 #28 boy name
1928 6,548 56 6,492 #31 boy name
1929 6,057 46 6,011 #31 boy name
1930 6,395 54 6,341 #31 boy name
1931 5,654 33 5,621 #34 boy name
1932 5,326 33 5,293 #36 boy name
1933 5,028 32 4,996 #36 boy name
1934 5,087 22 5,065 #37 boy name
1935 4,986 19 4,967 #39 boy name
1936 4,906 31 4,875 #40 boy name
1937 4,722 22 4,700 #42 boy name
1938 5,032 16 5,016 #42 boy name
1939 4,637 31 4,606 #48 boy name
1940 4,835 10 4,825 #45 boy name
1941 5,085 14 5,071 #47 boy name
1942 5,587 20 5,567 #49 boy name
1943 5,759 21 5,738 #48 boy name
1944 5,039 16 5,023 #53 boy name
1945 4,789 23 4,766 #54 boy name
1946 5,700 8 5,692 #55 boy name
1947 6,082 21 6,061 #62 boy name
1948 5,504 9 5,495 #63 boy name
1949 5,296 10 5,286 #63 boy name
1950 5,181 12 5,169 #63 boy name
1951 5,113 11 5,102 #75 boy name
1952 5,258 13 5,245 #73 boy name
1953 5,010 23 4,987 #77 boy name
1954 4,942 17 4,925 #80 boy name
1955 4,770 22 4,748 #83 boy name
1956 4,707 18 4,689 #84 boy name
1957 4,632 15 4,617 #89 boy name
1958 4,380 15 4,365 #95 boy name
1959 4,002 12 3,990
1960 3,836 14 3,822
1961 3,584 20 3,564
1962 3,286 12 3,274
1963 3,173 13 3,160
1964 3,075 11 3,064
1965 2,692 15 2,677
1966 2,564 13 2,551
1967 2,298 12 2,286
1968 2,171 15 2,156
1969 2,160 15 2,145
1970 2,014 18 1,996
1971 1,852 10 1,842
1972 1,508 14 1,494
1973 1,368 17 1,351
1974 1,216 8 1,208
1975 1,182 15 1,167
1976 1,044 12 1,032
1977 1,030 13 1,017
1978 965 8 957
1979 936 7 929
1980 934 10 924
1981 861 6 855
1982 806 13 793
1983 726 0 726
1984 682 9 673
1985 682 6 676
1986 605 6 599
1987 631 6 625
1988 614 0 614
1989 558 0 558
1990 573 0 573
1991 494 0 494
1992 464 0 464
1993 416 0 416
1994 374 0 374
1995 357 0 357
1996 305 0 305
1997 324 0 324
1998 330 0 330
1999 277 0 277
2000 270 0 270
2001 289 0 289
2002 265 0 265
2003 258 0 258
2004 235 0 235
2005 229 0 229
2006 243 0 243
2007 240 0 240
2008 229 0 229
2009 215 0 215
2010 229 0 229
2011 205 0 205
2012 201 0 201
2013 193 0 193
2014 210 0 210
2015 194 0 194
2016 239 0 239

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Popularity of Howard as a first name

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Popularity of Howard as a last name

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Common last names for Howard

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • Jackson
  • Young
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Howard U.S.
  White 64.31% 64.26%
  African American 29.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Howard

People with the last name Howard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Howard

  • How Popular is the name Howard? Howard is the 196th most popular name of all time. As a last name Howard was the 75th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Howard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 346,369 babies born with the first name Howard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Howard to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Howard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 357 new born babies.
  • When was Howard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Howard is Sunday, December 18th, 1808.
  • What year had the most people named Howard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Howard was in 1921 with a total of 7,711 babies. That's a lot of babies named Howard!
  • Random Howard Factoid: According to the 1950 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Howard ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 14 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1950.
  • Weird things about the name Howard: Your name in reverse order is Drawoh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Awodhr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Howard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 264,826 people with the last name Howard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Howard? Howard was ranked as the 75th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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