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What does Arnold mean?

Arnold Pronunciation of Arnold as a boys' name is pronounced AR-nold. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Arnold is "eagle ruler". From the phrase arn wald. Brought to Britain with the Norman invasion, lost popularity after the 13th century, and briefly revived in the late 19th century. An early saint of this name was a musician at the court of Charlemagne. English novelist Arnold Bennett; golfer Arnold Palmer; actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


ASSOCIATED WITH eagle, ruler (king), britain (england), norman, 19th century, saint


VARIANTS Arend, Arn, Arnaldo, Arnau, Arnaud, Arnauld, Arnault, Arnd, Arndt, Arne, Arnel, Arnell, Arney, Arni, Arnie, Arno, Arnoldo, Arnot, Arnoud, Arnout, Arny

FEMININE FORMS Arnalda, Arnelle, Arnette



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How popular is Arnold?

Arnold is a very prominent first name for males (#224 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#187 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Arnold reached its apex rank of #94 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #1591 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Arnold (#1591 VIA LATEST LIST) listed in the Top 2000 are Arnaldo, Arne, Arnell, Arnie, Arno and Arnoldo. These relations of Arnold were at the top of their popularity in the 1910s (MEDIAN #1317) and are now much less widespread, with the form Arnold becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arnold, Arnaldo, Arne, Arnell, Arnie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arno, Arnoldo in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arnold and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Arnold is alike in pronunciation to Arnald. Other recommended sound-alike names are Abnor, Addolf, Adnot, Agnolo, Aimond (see Aimon), Alford, Analu, Aniol, Anno, Ansly, Antole, Antoly, Anyoli, Apolo, Araldo, Ardal, Ardel, Ardell, Ardon, Ardsly (see Ardley), Arel, Argos, Argyle, Argyll, Arion, Arland, Arlowe, Arly, Armand, Armond, Armonde, Armondo, Armoni, Arnan, Arnat (see Arnett), Arnet, Arnoe, Arnon, Arnott, Arnou, Arnoux, Arnow, Arnowe, Aroldo, Arpad, Arrlo, Arrow, Artor, Arvad, Arvid, Arvind, Arvon, Aryel, Aryell, Aryo, Athol, Bernhold, Bernold (see Bernal), Bertold (see Berthold), Darrold (see Darold), Derrold (see Darold), Donald, Farold, Fernald, Furnald, Garold, Harold, Herrold, Jerrold, Ranald, Reynold, Ronald, Roneld and Tibold. These names tend to be less frequently used than Arnold.

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