What does Harold mean?
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 (#5008 out of 150436, Top 3%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Darold, Garold, Hal, Harry (#714 in 2014) and Walter (#337) are the popular variation forms of Harold (#828 in 2014). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.6502%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1868%, down 71.3%), with the forms Darold, Hal, Harold, Harry and Walter falling out of fashion. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Harold and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Farold. This name tends to be less commonly used than Harold.