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What does Harold mean?

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

For more on this name, see also related boy names Darold and Walter.

Harold has 1 feminine form: Haralda.


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. during 1910-1919, 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 in 2014) and Walter (#337) are the popular variation forms of Harold (#828 in 2014). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.6502%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1868%, down 71.3%), with the forms Darold, Hal, Harold, Harry and Walter falling out of fashion. 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 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.