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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) 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 (2015 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. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Darold, Garold, Hal, Harold, Harry and Walter. (2015 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.


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