Description:Howard? For a girl? In the woolly new world of baby naming, stranger things have happened. One or two, anyway.
Origin:German or English
Meaning:"high guardian or brave heart"
Description:Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s, hitting Number 24 in 1920 -- has been stuck in Dad-Grandad limbo for decades, but is showing some signs of stirring back to life. Along with such formerly-fusty names as George and Harold, Howard may soon feel baby-appropriate, perhaps with the short form Ward.