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

The name Arnold is a boy's name of English origin meaning "ruler, strong as an eagle". Arnold and is often added to lists like Names with Animal Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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 Alois Schwarzenegger, bodybuilder, actor
Arnold Daniel Palmer, American golfer
Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld, theoretical physicist
Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg, Austrian composer
Arnold Houbraken, Dutch painter
Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, English composer and poet
Arnold Joseph Toynbee, English historian
Enoch Arnold "Arnold" Bennett, English novelist
John Douglas Arnold, poet
Benedict Arnold, American general
Arnold Martin "Arnie" Kavalee (b.2017), son of Tiffiny Hall

Pop Culture References for the name Arnold

Arnold Horshack, character on TV's "Welcome Back Kotter"
"Hey Arnold!" animated TV series and main character
Arnold Palmer, a beverage of lemonade and iced tea
Arnold Spirit Jr., narrator of novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
Arnold Cunningham, character in Broadway Musical "Book of Mormon"
Arnold Wesker, character in DC Universe
Zeth Arnold, character in movie "Endure"
Kevin Arnold, lead character from TV's "The Wonder Years"
Arnold Judas Rimmer, character in BBC's "Red Dwarf"

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)