What does Arnold mean?
Arnold \a-rno-ld, 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. Rare today, perhaps because it has somewhat dorky connotations. Arnie is the pet form; the Catalan form Arnau is quite common in Catalonia, Spain. English novelist Arnold Bennett; golfer Arnold Palmer; actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Arnold for boys. Arnold reached its apex rank of #97 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Arnold and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Arnold listed in the Top 1000 are Arnaldo, Arne, Arno and Arnoldo. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.2528%) and are now much less widespread, with the forms Arnaldo, Arne and Arnold becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Arnold▼ is alike in pronunciation to Arnald. This name tends to be less frequently used than Arnold.