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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

Benedict Arnold, American general
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-born American bodybuilder, actor, and politician
Arnold Sommerfeld, German theoretical physicist

Pop Culture References for the Name Arnold

Arnold, from Nickelodeon series "Hey Arnold!"
Zeth Arnold, from movie "Endure"

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)