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Quick Facts on Howard

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 988
Simple meaning:
High guardian

Characteristics of Howard

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Howard

Howard is an old and noble English surname held by many illustrious Brits. The Dukes of Norfolk, for instance, are descended from Sir Robert Howard and share ancestry with King Edward I of England on their maternal side. The current Duke of Norfolk holds the high rank of Earl Marshal within the English monarchy today. Catherine Howard was one of King Henry VIII’s many wives (in fact, she was his last). Furthermore Lord Howard of Effingham was the commander-in-chief of the English Fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. In other words, the Howard family name is quite significant in Great Britain. There are several possible origins of this well-known English surname but most likely it was derived from an Old Norse personal name Hāvarðr from the elements “hā” meaning “high” and “varðr” meaning “guardian”. The “high guardian” etymology really lends itself nicely to the aristocratic beginnings of this name. Howard became a widespread given name throughout the English speaking world by at least the 19th century. Today, however, Howard has become an uncommon and old-fashioned choice.

Popularity of the Name Howard

Howard is a striking example of a once-popular American masculine name which has seen extreme declines in usage since the latter half of the 20th century. The name entered the 20th century at position #35 which made Howard a preferred choice among American parents. The name was quite fashionable for baby boys between 1880 and 1960 with the favorite decades being the 19-teens and 20s. Howard ranked as high as the 24th most commonly given boy’s name in the country (1919-1920). However, things began to turn southward for old Howard in 1959 when the name fell off the Top 100 list. At first the name showed mild drops on the charts but by the 1990s and 2000s, old Howard became ultra-passé. At this point Howard is akin to Ralph or Alfred – too old-manish by today’s naming standards. Although one name bearer, radio talk-show personality Howard Stern, is anything but old-fashioned and conventional. Parents picking the name Howard today are most likely driven by honoring some family member. This name is just no longer “hip” and happening otherwise. Plus there’s always the risk for an obvious schoolyard nickname “Howard the coward”. One interesting factoid: Howard Allen Frances O’Brien is the birth name of Vampire author Anne Rice (named after her father). Howie and Ward are both pet forms derived from Howard.
Popularity of the Boy Name Howard
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Howard

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Howard

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Howard

    Howard Roark (The Fountainhead) Howard Roark is the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s bestselling 1943 novel, The Fountainhead, also made into a 1949 movie of the same name, with the steely-jawed Gary Cooper as Howard Roark. Howard is, above all, an individualistic architect who refuses to compromise his strongly held tenets and pander to public taste. This leads to his being dismissed from the school of architecture, losing commissions, being forced to work at menial labor, being arrested and losing the woman he loves – all this proves no deterrent to his loyalty to himself first. His lady-love, Dominique, actually marries Howard’s arch rival, Peter Keating, in order to immerse herself in a world completely opposite from Howard’s. After many trials and tribulations that only the truly egotistical could understand or withstand, Howard makes peace with Keating and they design a building together, with Howard’s insistence that his instructions be followed to the letter. Upon returning from a trip, Howard finds that Keating has had the monumental chutzpah to alter their plans, so with Dominique’s assistance, he dynamites the building. That’s right. Blows it up. To smithereens. And goes on trial again – and wins! Dominique, by the way, has come around to his way of thinking, after a couple of other marriage detours, and so now she and Howard are triumphantly married to each other (to the relief of the rest of us). It is said that Ms. Rand agreed to write the script for the movie on the condition that absolutely no word of it be altered. Now, of whom does that remind us?

    Howard the Duck (Comics) Howard the Duck is a Marvel Comics character first introduced in 1973, who went on to fame in film, video, toys and games. Howard is a duck from outer space who is dropped into Florida and thereafter bumbles his bad-tempered way through the morass that is Earth. This involves bizarre encounters with such characters as Garko the Man-Frog, Turnip Man and Kidney Lady. Howard also acquires a lady friend, Beverly Switzler, an artist’s model who is all woman, that is to say, she is in no part duck. Further adventures involve Howard’s nomination for president by the All-Night Party, many travels, and the abandonment of and reattachment to Beverly. Howard’s actions are all accompanied by acerbic and sarcastic satire of every aspect of life as he sees it. In 1986, Lucasfilm produced a live action movie called Howard the Duck, with an actor in a duck suit, and Chip Zien, whoever that is, as the voice of Howard. It was a complete and utter bomb, and that is probably because the movie’s Howard bore only a passing, sickly resemblance to the fur and blood creation of the feisty comic character.

    Howards End (Howards End) Howards End is a novel by E. M. Forster, published in 1910 and considered to be his finest work. It was also made into a highly acclaimed film in 1992. Howards End is the name of the Wilcox family’s English country house, the beloved possession of the family matriarch, Ruth Wilcox. In a larger sense, Howards End symbolizes the early twentieth century shifting of status among the classes in Britain. The action plays out among the connected fortunes and misfortunes of three distinct groups – the upper class Wilcoxes, the bourgeois Schlegels and the lower class Basts – over the course of several years. During that time, against a backdrop of shifting social, economic, cultural and political mores, always present is Howards End. The stately manor is beloved by some, endured by some and coveted by some. In its solid and knightly dignity, the house epitomizes the old order, but at the same time, it is given over to and welcomes new and variable generations of inhabitants. In so doing, Howards End is shaking off the dust of hidebound tradition and welcoming in the fresh breezes of a much-needed new and liberal order.

  • Popular Songs on Howard

    Popular Songs on Howard

    Howard Beware - a song by The Dead Milkmen

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Howard

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Howard

    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen (Howard Binkow) - Children, parents and teachers love Howard B. Wigglebottom. In this story, Howard gets into a lot of trouble for not listening. When he becomes a better listener, his life improves dramatically. Tips and lessons and a poster are included. The first book in the award winning series. Teacher and counselor endorsed. Other titles in the Howard B. Wigglebottom series are: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies; Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship; Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's OK to Back Away; Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story; Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to His Heart; Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back: A Tale About Telling the Truth; Howard B. Wigglebottom Blends in Like Chameleons: A Fable About Belonging; Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Mud and Rainbows: When Parents Fight; and Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing Is Bad. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Howard

    Famous People Named Howard

    Famous People Named Howard - Howard Stern (talk-radio host); Howard Hughes (American tycoon); Howard Cosell (sportscaster); Howard “Howie” Mandel (comedian/TV host); Howard “Howie” Long (football player); Howard Hawks (film director); Howard “Duane” Allman (guitarist); Howard Carter (discoverer of the King Tut Tomb); Howard Dean (politician); Howard Duff (actor); Howard Johnson (founder of a chain of hotels); Howard Lederer (professional poker player); H. P. Lovecraft (Howard Philips, horror writer); Howard McNear (actor); Howard K. Stern (Anna Nicole Smith’s attorney); Howard Shore (film score composer); Howard “Howie” Morenz (hockey player); Howard “Howie” Dorough (member of the music group Backstreet Boys); Howard “Howie” Epstein (musician); Howard Allen Frances O'Brien (birth name of Vampire author Anne Rice)

  • Children of Famous People Named Howard

    Children of Famous People Named Howard

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Howard - Lauren Bacall (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Howard - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Howard - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Howard.

Personality of the Boy Name Howard

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Howard

  • No Variations Found.
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