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  1. #2,873,562 Howard Phifer
  2. #2,873,563 Howard Plotkin
  3. #2,873,564 Howard Pohl
  4. #2,873,565 Howard Prather
  5. #2,873,566 Howard Priest
  6. #2,873,567 Howard Prough
  7. #2,873,568 Howard Quigley
  8. #2,873,569 Howard Rahn
  9. #2,873,570 Howard Raley
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Meaning & Origins

Transferred use of the surname of an English noble family. The surname has a large number of possible origins, but in the case of the noble family early forms often have the spelling Haward, and so it is probably from a Scandinavian personal name derived from hā ‘high’ + varðr ‘guardian’. (The traditional derivation from the Old English name Hereweard ‘army guardian’ is untenable.) It is now a widespread given name.
229th in the U.S.
English (mainly West Midlands): from Middle English pr(i)est ‘minister of the Church’ (Old English prēost, from Latin presbyter, Greek presbyteros ‘elder’, ‘counselor’, comparative of presbys ‘old man’), used as a nickname, either for someone with a pious manner or possibly for someone who had played the part of a priest in a pageant. It may also have been an occupational name for someone in the service of a priest, and occasionally it may have been used to denote someone suspected of being the son of a priest.
2,333rd in the U.S.

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