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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}}{{#invoke:Side box|main}} Howard is a popular English given name originating from Old Norse Hávarðr, which means "high guard".<ref> Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988.</ref> 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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> People with the given name Howard or its variants include:


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