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Arnold \a-rno-ld, ar-nold\ as a boy's 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 has 21 variant forms: Arend, Arn, Arnaldo, Arnau, Arnaud, Arnauld, Arnault, Arnd, Arndt, Arne, Arnel, Arnell, Arney, Arni, Arnie, Arno, Arnoldo, Arnot, Arnoud, Arnout and Arny.

There are 3 feminine forms of Arnold: Arnalda, Arnelle and Arnette.

Arnold is also pronounced similarly to Arnald.


Arnold is a very popular first name for males (#224 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#170 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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