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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.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
309,300
to be exact
321,823
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
West Virginia
has the most people named Howard per capita
1915
marked the height of its popularity
0.01%
99.99%
68%
55+
27%
30-54
3%
13-29
2%
0-12

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