Gender: Female Meaning of Harlow: "army" Origin of Harlow: English surname Harlow's Popularity in 2019: #317

Harlow Origin and Meaning

The name Harlow is a girl's name of English origin meaning "army".

Jean Harlow (born Harlean Carpenter), the original platinum blonde bombshell, was a symbol of 1930s glamour, a factor that first Patricia Arquette and then Nicole Richie and Joel Madden probably had in mind when they gave their daughters the distinctive surname name Harlow.

It hit the Top 1000 for the first time in 2009, one year after the arrival of Ms. Madden. Harlow would fit right in with contemporaries Arlo and Marlow(e).

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Rank in US: #317

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


This name's position on the Australian popularity chart really angers me. When I checked Behindthename, No. 85 was supposed to be Valentina. The fact that Harlow has the spot on the charts that VALENTINA was supposed to have infuriates me, as I much prefer Valentina.

kankhen Says:


French is my first language and I've never heard someone use the word "harlot" before. I didn't even know that this word existed before NB mentioned it.

Daiseymae Says:


Or fille de joie!

indiefendi2 Says:


they don't say harlot in French though, they say putain or prostituée. Harlow is a sweet name either way

Daiseymae Says:


In French, harlot is pronounced as "harlow". Useless trivia. I like the name though.

burg123 Says:


I like tjis name, but the meaning doesn't speak to me

TaliaCat Says:


I don't really get the appeal. It's kind of masculine to me. I think of a big, burly biker chick.

indiefendi2 Says:


let's not forget you can't spell Charlotte without harlot and clearly that hasn't discouraged anyone. ;) there's no T in Harlow so in my eyes, nothing to worry about! I think it's a gorgeous name.

EpicCadet182 Says:


I think it's a good alternative if you don't want to use the super popular Harper.

flamingo Says:


I actually think of harlot right away, even before I saw it here. So for me, it's a no go. I love the name Marlowe though!

snowsbeloved Says:


Oh I love that connection! That's beautiful and clearly the perfect choice for your daughter! Good job, Mom!

mintiec Says:


Same for me! This is the middle name I gave my daughter, but before I did I asked everyone (& other berries), and most people had no connection with the word harlot. I think people worried about this might do better like I did using it as a middle name.

I just loved the sound, the old Hollywood connection with the powerful grace and beauty of Jean Harlow, but most of all the meaning of "army," which just fit in perfectly since each letter stands for a woman in my daughter's family. Each letter represents a mother, aunt, grandmother, etc. so she knows growing up that she has an army of strong women that love her dearly :)

snowsbeloved Says:


Never thought of the "harlot" association until NB mentioned it. I wouldn't disqualify this name over it.