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This article is about the given name Howard. For the surname Howard, see Howard (surname). For other uses, see Howard (disambiguation).
Pronunciation HOW-erd
Gender Masculine
Word/name Old Norse
Other names
Related names Howie, Ward

Howard is a popular English given name originating from Old Norse Hávarðr, which means "high guard".[1] A diminutive is "Howie" and its shortened form is "Ward" (most common in the 19th century). Between 1900-1960, Howard ranked in the U.S. Top 200; between 1960–1990, it ranked in the U.S. Top 400; between 1990–2004, it ranked in the U.S. Top 600.[2] People with the given name Howard or its variants include:

Howard, given name[edit]

Howie, nickname[edit]

  • Howie B (born 1963), Scottish musician and producer
  • Howie Carr (born 1952), American journalist
  • Howie Day (born 1981), American singer-songwriter
  • Howie Dorough (born 1973), American musician with Backstreet Boys
  • Howie Epstein (1955–2003), American musician
  • Howie Gordon (born 1971), Big Brother contestant
  • Howie Gordon (later known as Richard Pacheco), American pornographic actor
  • Howie Hawkins, American politician and activist
  • Howie Long (born 1960), American football player
  • Howie Mandel (born 1955), Canadian comedian and actor, Deal or no Deal- TV Show
  • Howie Meeker (born 1924), Canadian hockey player, TV sports announcer, Member of Parliament
  • Howie Morenz (1902–1937), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Howie Nave (born 1956), American comedian, radio personality, writer, promoter and movie critic
  • Howie Rose (born 1954), American sportscaster
  • Howie Winter (born 1929), American mobster

Ward, shortened form[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

Howard, stage name[edit]

  • Howard Keel, (born Harold, 1917 or 1919–2004), singer and actor



  1. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988.
  2. ^ "Howard, name meaning and origin". Retrieved 2008-02-12.