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pinWhat does Harold mean?

Harold /har-old/ as a boys' name is pronounced HARE-uld. It is of Scandinavian and Old English origin, and the meaning of Harold is "army ruler".

From Old English here weald, influenced by the related Scandinavian form Haraldr. An Anglo-Saxon name. In England, it is associated with King Harold (11th century). See also Walter, which derives from the same source. British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan; playwright Harold Pinter.


Harold has 19 variants: Araldo, Aralt, Aroldo, Arry, Garald, Garold, Hal, Harald, Haralds, Harolda, Haroldo, Harrell, Harry, Heraldo, Herlad, Herold, Herrick, Herrold and Herryck.

Related boy name: Darold.

Harold has 13 more different relations via Walter: Gaultier, Gauthier, Gautier, Gualterio, Gualtiero, Valter, Valther, Walder, Wally, Walt, Walther, Wat and Watkins.

Harold has 1 feminine form: Haralda.

Kreatif forms: Halrold, Hasrold, Hyarold. [more]

pinHow popular is Harold?

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. in the 1910s, and is presently at #828. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Harold name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harold outside U.S.

Darold, Garold, Hal, Harry (#714 2 years ago), Valter, Wally and Walter (#337) are the popular variation forms of Harold (#828 2 years ago). Adoption of these relations of Harold was well-received among parents during 1940-1949 (average #509) and is somewhat lower today (#859, 71.4% less). Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Harold and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Harold, Darold, Garold, Hal, Harry in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wally, Walter in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harry, Valter outside U.S.

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A suggested similar baby name is Farold. This name tends to be less commonly used than Harold.