Harold: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Harold

Harold

Pronunciation: HA-rəld (key)

Origin of the name Harold:

Derived from the obsolete Old English Hereweald, a compound name composed of the elements here (army) and weald (ruler, power, control). Alternatively, the Scandinavians introduced the cognate Harald, which is composed of the Germanic elements harja (army) and wald (rule). The name was borne by King Harald I (d. 1040), also known as Harald Harefoot, and Harald II (1022 - 66), who was killed in the Battle of Hastings. The name died out in the early Middle Ages but was reintroduced in the 19th century with other Old English names.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Hal, Harald, Harry

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Harold, (our dog) is a very adventurous boy who is always doing daredevil stunts and worrying us silly! We named him after Harold Lloyd and no wonder!

This is a rather unattractive, very old fashioned name. The only Harolds I know are in their rocking years.

My father was Harold: gentle, warm, kind and extremely funny! My children want to honor their grandfather by using his name as part of their future son's names. Even Halle for a girl. What a great tribute!

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Harry, Hal

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Famous real-life people named Harold: | Edit

Harold Bloom, literary critic
Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister (1957-63)
Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright
Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (1964-70, 1974-76)
Harold Lloyd, actor in 1920's
Harold Styles, British Boy-Band Member

Harold in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Harold and Maude," classic 70s movie, dark comedy.
Harold Hill, lead character in "The Music Man".
Harold Waldorf (played by John Shea), recurring character (and father of lead Blair) on "Gossip Girl".
"Harold and the Purple Crayon", children's book by Crockett Johnson.

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