Usage: Harold is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Harold are in general originating from France, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Harold across the world, see Harry.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 4.
The name Harold is ranked on the 738th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 777300 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.011% of the population.
The name Harold has six characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Harold for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Harold is an Old English name, from here “army” and weald “rule”, meaning “heroic leader”, same as the title herald. Diminutives of Harold are Harry and Hal.
English: from an Old English personal name composed of the elements here army + weald ruler, reinforced before the Norman Conquest by the Scandinavian cognate Haraldr, introduced by Norse settlers. The name was not common in the later Middle Ages, perhaps because it was associated with King Harold, the loser at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It was revived in the 19th century, along with a number of other Old English names.
Cognates: Scandinavian: Harald. Scottish Gaelic: Arailt, Haral.
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