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Gender: Male Meaning of Harold: "army ruler" Origin of Harold: Scandinavian Harold's Popularity in 2017: #799

The name Harold is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "army ruler". Harold is ranked #799 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Harold

Harold I aka Harold Harefoot, King of England
Harold II aka Harold Godwinson, last Anglo-Saxon King of England
(James) Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, British prime minister
(Maurice) Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, British prime minister
Harold Arlen (born Hyman Arluck), American composer ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow")
Harold Pinter, English playwright
Harold Clayton Lloyd, American actor
Harold Scott MacDonald "Donald" Coxeter, British-Canadian geometer
Harold Perrineau (born Harold Williams), American actor
Harold Edward Holt, Australian Prime Minister
Harold Norse, American poet
Harold Allen Ramis, American actor and director
Harold Bloom, American literary critic
Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal and Governor-General of Canada
Harold Eugene "Hal" Roach, American film producer, director, actor
Harold John "Hal" Smith, American actor and voice actor

Pop Culture References for the name Harold

Harold "Hal" Jordan, Green Lantern from DC Universe
Harold Hill, main character in "The Music Man"
Harold Chasen, main character in movie "Harold & Maude"
Harold "Happy" Hogan, character in Marvel Universe
Harold "Hal" Cooper, character in Archie Comics Universe
"Harold and the Purple Crayon," children's book by Crockett Johnson
Harold Skimpole, character in Dickens's Bleak House
Harold Abbott, character on TV's "Everwood"
Harold Saxon, code name of The Master on TV's "Doctor Who"
Harold Crenshaw, character on TV's "Monk"
Harold Guppy, character in the movie "Intimate Relations"
Harold Clemens, character on TV's "The Client List"
Harold Berman, school bully from animated TV series "Hey Arnold!"
Harold Waldorf, father of Blair Waldorf from CW's "Gossip Girl".
Harold Lee of the "Harold and Kumar" movies
Harold Travilla, Elsie Dinsmore's son in the Elsie Dinsmore series
Harold Wilson, main character in G. A. Henty's "True to the Old Flag"
Harold Bloor, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Harold Finch, character on TV's "Person of Interest"
Harold Goff, character in film "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
"The Harold Song," song by Ke$ha

Hal, Herrold, Harrold, Herold, Herryck, Harry, Herrick, Harrald

Harold's International Variations

Haral, Harald (Scandinavian) Hieronim, Heronim (Polish) Araldo, Arrigo, Aroldo (Italian) Haraldas (Lithuanian) Harailt, Arailt (Scottish) Halward (German) Herahd, Garold, Kharald, Garald (Russian) Haralds (Latvian) Heraldo, Haraldo (Portuguese) Jindra (Czech) Enric (Romanian) Aralt (Irish)