Derived from an Old Norse name, Hāvarðr, which was comprised of elements meaning “high guardian.” But the script will have to be flipped when your little Howard is a toddler, and you’ll be the guardian of all the high places he’ll try climbing to.
Famous people named Howard:
Politician Howard Dean; radio personality Howard Stern; sports broadcaster Howard Cosell; actor Howard "Howie" Mandel; aviation pioneer/film mogul Howard Hughes.
Pop culture has a few undercover Howards - like rapper Howard Bailey, Jr. (a.k.a. Chingy) and writer Howard "H.P." Lovecraft.