"army ruler"

Harold Origin and Meaning

The name Harold is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "army ruler".

The name of the last Anglo-Saxon king of England before the Norman conquest, and a name that's long been associated with a pipe-smoking, bespectacled grandpa or uncle.

After years in style limbo, Harold is slowly making a comeback, possibly boosted by cheerful nicknames like Harry and Hal. Filmmaking couple Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have a son named Harold.

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Famous People Named Harold

  • Harold I aka Harold HarefootKing of England
  • Harold II aka Harold Godwinsonlast Anglo,Saxon King of England
  • (James) Harold WilsonBaron Wilson of Rievaulx, British prime minister
  • (Maurice) Harold Macmillan1st Earl of Stockton, British prime minister
  • Harold Arlen (born Hyman Arluck)American composer ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow")
  • Harold PinterEnglish playwright
  • Harold Clayton LloydAmerican actor
  • Harold Scott MacDonald "Donald" CoxeterBritish,Canadian geometer
  • Harold Perrineau (born Harold Williams)American actor
  • Harold Edward HoltAustralian Prime Minister
  • Harold NorseAmerican poet
  • Harold Allen RamisAmerican actor and director
  • Harold BloomAmerican literary critic
  • Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal and Governor,General of Canada
  • Harold Eugene "Hal" RoachAmerican film producer, director, actor
  • Harold John "Hal" SmithAmerican actor and voice actor

Harold in Pop Culture

  • Harold "Hal" JordanGreen Lantern from DC Universe
  • Harold Hillmain character in "The Music Man"
  • Harold Chasenmain character in movie "Harold & Maude"
  • Harold "Happy" Hogancharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Harold "Hal" Coopercharacter in Archie Comics Universe
  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" children's book by Crockett Johnson
  • Harold Skimpolecharacter in Dickens's Bleak House
  • Harold Abbottcharacter on TV's "Everwood"
  • Harold Saxoncode name of The Master on TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Harold Crenshawcharacter on TV's "Monk"
  • Harold Guppycharacter in the movie "Intimate Relations"
  • Harold Clemenscharacter on TV's "The Client List"
  • Harold Bermanschool bully from animated TV series "Hey Arnold!"
  • Harold Waldorffather of Blair Waldorf from CW's "Gossip Girl".
  • Harold Lee of the "Harold and Kumar" movies
  • Harold TravillaElsie Dinsmore's son in the Elsie Dinsmore series
  • Harold Wilsonmain character in G. A. Henty's "True to the Old Flag"
  • Harold Bloorcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Harold Finchcharacter on TV's "Person of Interest"
  • Harold Goffcharacter in film "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
  • "The Harold Song" song by Ke$ha
  • Harold Steincharacter in Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life”
  • Harold Andersoncharacter in the 2000 science fiction comedy film "What Planet Are You From?"
  • Harold "Harry" T. Stonemain character & Judge on the NBC sitcom "Night Court" played by Harry Anderson

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