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Howard Name Popularity

How popular is the name Howard? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 27 1,284 0.3647%
1911 28 1,452 0.3899%
1912 25 3,201 0.6347%
1913 26 3,656 0.6448%
1914 26 4,484 0.6434%
1915 25 6,101 0.6715%
1916 25 6,164 0.6381%
1917 26 6,406 0.6403%
1918 26 6,919 0.6447%
1919 24 6,841 0.6533%
1920 24 7,461 0.671%
1921 27 7,710 0.6733%
1922 26 7,294 0.6547%
1923 26 7,154 0.6387%
1924 26 7,365 0.6342%
1925 26 7,160 0.6335%
1926 27 6,833 0.6213%
1927 28 6,825 0.6166%
1928 31 6,492 0.6068%
1929 31 6,002 0.5795%
1930 31 6,337 0.6067%
1931 34 5,619 0.5693%
1932 35 5,290 0.5354%
1933 36 4,993 0.5359%
1934 37 5,064 0.5238%
1935 39 4,960 0.5104%
1936 40 4,869 0.5055%
1937 42 4,699 0.4769%
1938 42 5,011 0.4895%
1939 47 4,604 0.4526%
1940 45 4,817 0.4532%
1941 47 5,065 0.45%
1942 49 5,566 0.4408%
1943 48 5,733 0.4391%
1944 53 5,020 0.405%
1945 54 4,761 0.3904%
1946 55 5,690 0.3856%
1947 62 6,057 0.3629%
1948 63 5,497 0.3443%
1949 63 5,278 0.3281%
1950 63 5,161 0.3205%
1951 74 5,104 0.301%
1952 73 5,248 0.3006%
1953 78 4,980 0.2814%
1954 80 4,928 0.2696%
1955 83 4,746 0.258%
1956 84 4,688 0.2482%
1957 89 4,617 0.2399%
1958 95 4,361 0.2307%
1959 104 3,986 0.2098%
1960 108 3,825 0.2019%
1961 109 3,561 0.1886%
1962 114 3,270 0.1781%
1963 114 3,150 0.1755%
1964 116 3,058 0.1737%
1965 122 2,667 0.1631%
1966 120 2,531 0.1621%
1967 130 2,271 0.1496%
1968 132 2,146 0.1429%
1969 143 2,120 0.1376%
1970 156 1,981 0.1245%
1971 156 1,827 0.1216%
1972 168 1,476 0.1084%
1973 173 1,325 0.1022%
1974 187 1,178 0.0906%
1975 195 1,137 0.0885%
1976 209 995 0.0772%
1977 215 999 0.0741%
1978 224 910 0.0677%
1979 237 901 0.0639%
1980 245 882 0.0603%
1981 256 810 0.0551%
1982 268 765 0.0512%
1983 282 687 0.0466%
1984 298 638 0.0429%
1985 310 627 0.0413%
1986 326 568 0.0376%
1987 333 580 0.038%
1988 345 570 0.0366%
1989 386 532 0.033%
1990 395 546 0.0329%
1991 443 455 0.0279%
1992 473 414 0.0259%
1993 502 371 0.0238%
1994 519 339 0.0221%
1995 538 315 0.0209%
1996 581 266 0.0178%
1997 578 275 0.0186%
1998 590 271 0.0181%
1999 625 241 0.0161%
2000 661 225 0.0147%
2001 644 246 0.0163%
2002 693 216 0.0144%
2003 704 219 0.0144%
2004 776 188 0.0123%
2005 816 181 0.0118%
2006 809 199 0.0127%
2007 871 183 0.0116%
2008 905 172 0.0111%
2009 948 153 0.0102%
2010 905 167 0.0116%
2011 912 162 0.0114%
2012 936 156 0.0109%
2013 1,019 124 0.0087%
2014 971 149 0.0102%
2015 1,035 126 0.0087%
2016 894 176 0.0122%
2017 968 145 0.0104%
2018 949 151 0.011%
2019 943 154 0.0114%
2020 1,113 123 0.0097%

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Howie

Noble watchman

English

Ward

Watchman

English


What names sound like Howard?

If you like how Howard sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Howard.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hardy

Bold, brave

German

Hart

Strong, brave; stag

English

Hayward

Keeper or guardian of the hedged enclosure

English


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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Haward

High guardian

Scandinavian


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1 Comment

  1. My husband loves the name. We both graduated from Howard University and he has a strong connection with the school. It was a great time for him in life growing up on Howard University’s campus since he was raised in Washington, DC. I however do not have that same deep connection to my Alma Mata. However, once I researched the meaning of the name I was sold. It means brave heart (courageous) and chief guardian. These qualities I would want my son to possess. So, with much prayer and surrender I totally got unified with my husband and we are very happy with the name Howard Mac Horton.

    Mac is dedicated to my husband’s late grandfather whose middle name was MacArthur. We love family names and names with meaning.


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