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Gender: M Meaning of Arnold: "ruler, strong as an eagle" Origin of Arnold: English from German

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Strange as it may now seem, the venerable St. Arnold was a Greek by birth, a musician who became a member of the court of Charlemagne. The name is said to have been introduced into Britain by the Normans in the form Arnaud.

Despite such reputable namesakes as composer Arnold Schoenberg, novelist Arnold Bennett and historian Arnold Toynbee, not to mention the former Governator, Arnold's image has been diminished by some nerdy fictional characters, though he is still a genuine classic who might come back along with Arthur and Albert.

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Famous People Named Arnold

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and former governor of California
Arnold Daniel Palmer, American golfer
Arnold Sommerfeld, German theoretical physicist
Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer
Benedict Arnold, American general
Arnold Houbraken, Dutch painter
Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, English composer and poet
(Enoch) Arnold Bennett, English novelist
Arnold Joseph Toynbee, English historian

Pop Culture References for the Name Arnold

Arnold Horshack, character on TV's "Welcome Back Kotter"
"Hey Arnold!" animated TV series and main character
Zeth Arnold, character in movie "Endure"
Arnold Palmer, a beverage of lemonade and iced tea (it is impossible to say this name at a restaurant. Just try it. Very embarassing.)

Arnald, Arnie, Arnoll

Arnold's International Variations

Arnau (Catalan) Arend (Dutch) Arnauld, Arnaut, Arnaud (French) Arnd, Arno (German) Arni (Icelandic) Ardál (Irish Gaelic) Arnoldo (Italian) Arnljot, Arneld (Norwegian) Arnaldo (Portuguese) Arne (Scandinavian)