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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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Darold.
There is 1 feminine form of Harold: Haralda.
Harold is a very popular first name for males (#44 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5670 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Harold for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Harold and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Darold, Garold, Hal, Harold and Harry. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Farold. This name tends to be less commonly used than Harold.
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