Meaning of the name Howard

Howard name was not one of the most popular names for babies in England according to data from the 2012 Office of National Statistics. The meaning of Howard is sheep herder. This name is Middle English in origin. This name dates back to the early times in England. A common variation of this name is Howie. Howard was also the surname of a noble British family. Part of this family was the Duke of Norfolk who first came to power in the 15th century.


Although Howard is not in the top 100 boy’s names in England in 2012. It has been a very popular boy’s name in the USA, so much so between 1880 and 1957 it was in the top 100 name. Today it is not as popular as it once was and in 2013 it was in 1017th position (baby name data from Social Security Administration).

Famous People with the Name Howard

There are many famous people that are named Howard. Howard Donald is from the popular English singing group called Take That. This group went on to sell millions of records. Howard Hughes was an American film mogul and was also one of the first people that explored the field of aviation. Howard Wilkindin is one of the most popular football mangers in English. Howard Stern is an American radio host who gain popularity for his off coloured radio show. The name Howard has been the name of many famous people throughout the years.

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