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Howard Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Howard?

The less frequently given name Howard was the 999th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 1000 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

Position 24, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached for the first time in 1919 and as recently as 1920.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1921 with 7,712 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Howard was 193 in 2013.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Howard occurred roughly during the years 1907-1918, and 1939-1942, whereas 1964-1976, and 1990-1994 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name Howard popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at an extremely low point.

The popularity trend for Howard has been moving downward for a while. however, the number of children named Howard lately has remained about the same.

The name Howard is used by only a select few and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

Relative to what it once was, Howard has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Howard (Girl)Howard (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 201 999
2016 < 5 -- 240 901
2015 < 5 -- 194 1,036
2014 < 5 -- 210 989
2013 < 5 -- 193 1,008
2012 < 5 -- 202 985
2011 < 5 -- 207 958
2010 < 5 -- 229 895
2009 < 5 -- 215 945
2008 < 5 -- 229 904
2007 < 5 -- 240 864
2006 < 5 -- 243 837
2005 < 5 -- 229 823
2004 < 5 -- 235 775
2003 < 5 -- 258 718
2002 < 5 -- 265 686
2001 < 5 -- 289 646
2000 < 5 -- 270 663
1999 < 5 -- 277 638
1998 < 5 -- 330 586
1997 < 5 -- 324 572
1996 < 5 -- 305 589
1995 < 5 -- 357 534
1994 < 5 -- 374 523
1993 < 5 -- 416 498
1992 < 5 -- 464 466
1991 < 5 -- 494 444
1990 < 5 -- 573 402
1989 < 5 -- 558 393
1988 < 5 -- 614 344
1987 6 10,317 625 330
1986 6 9,972 599 331
1985 6 9,735 676 302
1984 9 6,997 673 298
1983 < 5 -- 726 282
1982 13 5,325 794 268
1981 6 9,500 855 256
1980 10 6,457 924 242
1979 7 8,336 927 238
1978 8 7,186 957 222
1977 13 5,025 1,017 216
1976 12 4,992 1,032 208
1975 15 4,221 1,166 195
1974 8 6,451 1,207 186
1973 17 3,684 1,351 174
1972 14 4,161 1,494 168
1971 10 5,249 1,841 156
1970 18 3,483 1,996 156
1969 15 3,673 2,145 142
1968 15 3,503 2,157 133
1967 12 3,920 2,286 131
1966 13 3,627 2,550 120
1965 15 3,308 2,676 122
1964 11 4,196 3,062 116
1963 13 3,691 3,158 114
1962 12 3,872 3,274 114
1961 20 2,779 3,564 109
1960 14 3,418 3,825 108
1959 12 3,689 3,989 104
1958 15 3,152 4,365 95
1957 15 3,080 4,617 89
1956 18 2,756 4,688 84
1955 22 2,361 4,750 83
1954 17 2,733 4,928 80
1953 23 2,198 4,984 77
1952 13 3,095 5,248 73
1951 11 3,361 5,104 74
1950 12 3,132 5,168 63
1949 10 3,478 5,285 63
1948 9 3,705 5,497 63
1947 21 2,160 6,060 62
1946 8 3,800 5,693 55
1945 23 1,770 4,767 54
1944 16 2,236 5,024 53
1943 21 1,919 5,737 48
1942 20 1,938 5,567 49
1941 14 2,305 5,071 47
1940 10 2,825 4,824 45
1939 31 1,330 4,607 48
1938 16 2,057 5,016 42
1937 22 1,655 4,701 42
1936 31 1,302 4,876 40
1935 19 1,810 4,967 39
1934 22 1,626 5,065 37
1933 32 1,273 4,995 36
1932 33 1,278 5,292 36
1931 33 1,271 5,621 34
1930 54 1,005 6,341 31
1929 46 1,084 6,010 31
1928 56 999 6,494 31
1927 42 1,207 6,833 28
1926 50 1,061 6,838 27
1925 48 1,112 7,167 26
1924 46 1,156 7,370 26
1923 36 1,313 7,161 26
1922 41 1,216 7,297 26
1921 36 1,317 7,712 27
1920 44 1,146 7,465 24
1919 28 1,498 6,844 24
1918 38 1,223 6,928 26
1917 34 1,248 6,410 26
1916 30 1,344 6,172 25
1915 27 1,381 6,103 25
1914 25 1,243 4,490 26
1913 20 1,289 3,663 26
1912 19 1,230 3,212 25
1911 6 2,314 1,467 28
1910 < 5 -- 1,310 27
1909 9 1,527 1,166 26
1908 5 2,257 1,078 28
1907 < 5 -- 875 33
1906 6 1,829 803 32
1905 11 1,207 735 35
1904 6 1,756 726 35
1903 < 5 -- 636 37
1902 < 5 -- 632 35
1901 5 1,792 584 34
1900 5 2,056 779 35
1899 5 1,713 589 34
1898 6 1,594 706 35
1897 < 5 -- 634 33
1896 < 5 -- 677 33
1895 < 5 -- 641 33
1894 < 5 -- 612 33
1893 < 5 -- 556 35
1892 < 5 -- 548 39
1891 5 1,411 485 40
1890 8 1,046 501 40
1889 < 5 -- 503 38
1888 8 988 513 40
1887 5 1,214 429 42
1886 < 5 -- 467 37
1885 < 5 -- 438 41
1884 < 5 -- 432 44
1883 < 5 -- 429 39
1882 < 5 -- 422 42
1881 < 5 -- 359 42
1880 < 5 -- 357 44

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.