What does Arnold mean?
Arnold /ar-nold/ as a boys' name is pronounced AR-nold. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Arnold is "eagle ruler".
From the phrase arn wald. Brought to Britain with the Norman invasion, lost popularity after the 13th century, and briefly revived in the late 19th century. An early saint of this name was a musician at the court of Charlemagne. English novelist Arnold Bennett; golfer Arnold Palmer; actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(male) Annold, Arnoldie, ..
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How popular is Arnold?
Arnold is a very prominent first name for males (#224 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#187 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Presented below is the birth name statistics of Arnold for boys. Arnold reached its apex rank of #94 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #1813 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Arnold and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Arnold (#1813 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Arnaldo, Arne, Arnell, Arnie, Arno and Arnoldo. These relations of Arnold were at the top of their popularity in the 1910s (median #1317) and are now much less widespread, with the form Arnold becoming less trendy.
Arnold▼ is alike in pronunciation to Arnald. Other recommended names are Abnor, Addolf, Adnot, Agnolo, Aimond (see Aimon), Alford▼, Analu, Aniol, Anno, Ansly, Antole, Antoly, Anyoli, Apolo, Araldo, Ardal, Ardel, Ardell, Ardon, Ardsly (see Ardley), Arel, Argos, Argyle, Argyll, Arion, Arland, Arlowe, Arly, Armand▼, Armond, Armonde, Armondo, Armoni, Arnan, Arnat (see Arnett), Arnet, Arnoe, Arnon, Arnott, Arnou, Arnoux, Arnow, Arnowe, Aroldo, Arpad, Arrlo, Arrow, Artor, Arvad, Arvid, Arvind, Arvon, Aryel, Aryell, Aryo, Athol, Bernhold, Bernold (see Bernal), Bertold (see Berthold), Darrold (see Darold), Derrold (see Darold), Donald▼, Farold, Fernald, Furnald, Garold, Harold▼, Herrold, Jerrold▼, Ranald, Reynold, Ronald▼, Roneld and Tibold. These names tend to be less frequently used than Arnold.