Meaning and Name Origin
Harold \ha-ro-ld\ as a boys' name is pronounced HARE-uld. It is of Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Harold is "army ruler". Herald is also literally "one who proclaims". An Anglo-Saxon name. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan; playwright Harold Pinter.
Harold has 1 feminine form: Haralda.
Harold is a very popular first name for men (#44 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#5670 out of 88799, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Harold for boys. Harold reached its top rank of #13 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is presently at #828. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Harold and related names. Darold, Garold, Hal, Harry (#714 in 2014) and Walter (#337) are the popular variation forms of Harold (#828 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1930-1939 and has become significantly less since, with the forms Darold, Hal, Harold, Harry and Walter falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Farold. This name tends to be less commonly used than Harold.