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ˈhaʊ ərdhoward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Howard, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard Stainernoun

    English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)

  2. Howard, Catherine Howardnoun

    Queen of England as the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was accused of adultery and executed (1520-1542)


  1. Howardnoun

    A patronymic surname.

    Henry Howard, the most noble Earl of Surry, who flourishing in the time of King Henry the 8.th, as his name is sufficiently famous for the martial exploits of that family for many generations, so deserves he, had he his due, the particular fame of learning, wit, and poetic fancy

  2. Howardnoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages, transferred back from the surname. Short form: Howie.

    "King Howard Kashpaw, Junior," said his new teacher. "Which one of those names would you like to be called?"

  3. Howardnoun

    A small city, the county seat of Elk County, Kansas, United States.

  4. Howardnoun

    A small city, the county seat of Miner County, South Dakota, United States.

  5. Howardnoun

    Howard University.

  6. Etymology: Medieval personal name from Old Norse Hávarðr, from hár ("high") + varðr ("guard"). In some cases a variant of Heward, from Old French Huard.[1]


  1. Howard

    Howard is an English-language given name originating from Old French Huard (or Houard) from a Germanic source similar to Old High German *Hugihard "heart-brave", or *Hoh-ward, literally "high defender; chief guardian". It is also probably in some cases a confusion with the Old Norse cognate Haward (Hávarðr), which means "high guard" and as a surname also with the unrelated Hayward. In some rare cases it is from the Old English eowu hierde "ewe herd". In Anglo-Norman the French digram -ou- was often rendered as -ow- such as tour → tower, flour (western variant form of fleur) → flower, etc. (with svarabakhti). A diminutive is "Howie" and its shortened form is "Ward" (most common in the 19th century). Between 1900 and 1960, Howard ranked in the U.S. Top 200; between 1960 and 1990, it ranked in the U.S. Top 400; between 1990 and 2004, it ranked in the U.S. Top 600. People with the given name Howard or its variants include:


  1. howard

    Howard is primarily a male given name, of Old Norse origin, derived from "Hávarðr," which means "high guard." It can also be a surname used in English-speaking countries. Notable people with the name include Howard Hughes, an American business magnate, and Howard Carter, a British archaeologist. Additionally, Howard University is a prominent historically black university in Washington, D.C.


  1. Howard

    Howard is a village in Brown and Outagamie counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 17,399 at the 2010 census. All of this population resided in the Brown County portion of the village. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is mostly within Brown County; a small portion extends west into Outagamie County. It is bordered to the east by Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan. Prior to being incorporated as the Village of Howard, the Town of Howard was commonly referred to as "Duck Creek" because of the Duck Creek waterway winding its way through the village.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Howard is ranked #75 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Howard surname appeared 264,826 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 90 would have the surname Howard.

    64.3% or 170,310 total occurrences were White.
    29.4% or 78,097 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 6,515 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 6,276 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 2,304 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 1,324 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Howard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3607

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Howard in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Howard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Howard in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    The record shows that I’m right, when I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anyone’s asked me that, I said, very lightly, ‘I don’t know, maybe, who knows?’ essentially. I then did an interview with Neil Cavuto. We talked about the economy is more important [than going to war].

  2. Howard Stern:

    A more self-serving person would have gone all in on Donald Trump, i'd probably be Howard Stern or a Supreme Court justice by now.

  3. Erin Moran:

    We had a wonderful softball team because all the boys were very good athletes, ron Howard played right field. Scott Baio was a wonderful first base. Garry Marshall, he loved softball and played first base on a lot of the games. And I had a uniform with my own mitt with my name on it and my own bat! And we played so much softball. It kept the cast together. I don’t know if we would have survived if we didn’t have that softball team.

  4. Matthiu Lamoure:

    We were overcome with emotion. Probably much like Lord Carrington and Howard Carter, on being the first for centuries to enter Tutankhamun's tomb, it really is a treasure trove. No doubt a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.

  5. Adrian LeBaron:

    Of course they're going to go where the parents are, poor Howard, what else can he do?

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