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

Arnold Origin and Meaning

The name Arnold is a boy's name of English origin meaning "ruler, strong as an eagle".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Arnold

Arnie, Arnoll, Arnald

Arnold's International Variations

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


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I'll be back

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eve Says:


you KNOW what nameBERRY i dont like your 'tude. "Arnold's image has been diminished by some nerdy fictional characters" ya well its better than some silly billy hispter names like MAISIE and DAISIE and DIXIE nd GULLIVER and LENNON nad JAKE and QUIRKSICCA so likeeeee take that energy elsewhere we need more smarties and less arties u know

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


"He's Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer.
Without him life would be much grimmer.
He's handsome, trim, and no-one slimmer.
He will never need a zimmer..."

The cartoon reference does by no means endear me to this choice. But the Red Dwarf association makes me look at Arnold with rose-tinted nostalgia glasses. Associations aside, Arnold does have a very strong, charming personality to it. And I think it'd make for a rather unique and sophisticated choice.

headintheclouds Says:


As a nineties kid, I think of the cartoon whenever I see this name. HEY ARNOLD! :)

Great meaning to Arnold- and it sounds very strong and noble and classic. Of course the -old part makes it less than ideal, but IMO it's better than Harold, and Arne/Arno/Arnie make nice nicknames! It's about time for this name to come back in style!

If Arnold doesn't sound as appealing to you, there's always the alternate spelling Arnaud that gives a different European vibe to the name.