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What does Harold mean?

Harold Pronunciation of Harold [harold] 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.

Associated with: scandinavian, old english, army (warrior), old.


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.

1 feminine form: Haralda.

Creative forms:
(male) Halold, ..

(female) Haral, ..

Middle name pairings:
Harold Donavan (H.D.), ..

How 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. Demographics)

Harold reached its top rank of #12 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #810. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harold name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Darold, Garold, Hal, Harald, Harrell, Harry (#781 in 2015), Herold and Walter (#308) are the popular variation forms of Harold (#810 in 2015). Adoption of these relations of Harold was well-received among parents a century ago (median #1162) and has become significantly less since (#1544, 98% less usage), with forms such as Harold becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harold, Darold, Garold, Hal, Harald in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harrell, Harry, Herold, Walter in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arnold, Bald, Barthold, Caroll, Darrold (see Darold), Farold, Gerold, Geryld, Haamed, Hacon, Hadly, Hadon, Hakon, Hale, Halford, Hall, Halle, Hamell, Hamid, Hamill, Hammond, Hamud, Hanly, Hansl, Harbin, Harel, Harford, Harjit, Harken, Harkin, Harlan, Harland, Harlee, Harlen, Harli, Harlie, Harlin, Harlo, Harlow, Harly, Harm, Harman, Harmen, Haron, Haroon, Haroun, Harpur, Harrel, Harri, Harrie, Harris, Harshad, Harte, Harthy, Hartley, Harv, Harvard, Harvee, Harvey, Harwell, Harwill (see Hartwell), Harwood, Haward, Hazel, Heroot (see Cherut), Herzl, Hirom, Horsly (see Horsley), Jarod, Jerald, Jerold, Karol, Karoly, Ranald and Torald. These names tend to be less commonly used than Harold.

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