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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 That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibset makeover game! B/G pairs".

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)


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.