Meaning and name origin
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 is a very popular first name for males (#224 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#170 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Arnold for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Arnold and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Arnoldo, Arno, Arne, Arnaldo and Arnold. (2014 statistics).
Arnold is also pronounced similarly to Arnald. This name tends to be less commonly used than Arnold.