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Meaning and name origin

Harold \ha-ro-ld\ as a boy's 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 19 variant forms: Araldo, Aralt, Aroldo, Arry, Garald, Garold, Hal, Harald, Haralds, Harolda, Haroldo, Harrell, Harry, Heraldo, Herlad, Herold, Herrold, Herrick and Herryck.

For more information, see also related boy names Darold and Walter.

There is 1 feminine form of Harold: Haralda.


Harold is a very popular first name for males (#44 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5670 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Harold for boys. Harold reached its highest rank of #13 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Harold and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Walter (#337), Harry (#714), Harold (#828), Hal, Garold and Darold. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

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