What does Harold mean?
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.
Related boy name: Darold.
1 feminine form: Haralda.Creative forms:
(male) Halold, Hartold, ..
(female) Haroldi, .. 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)
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.
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.