English from German
"ruler, strong as an eagle"

Arnold Origin and Meaning

The name Arnold is 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.

We have heard stirrings of fashionable baby Arnolds populating nurseries alongside those named Wilbur and Barney.

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Famous People Named Arnold

  • Saint Arnold of Arnoldsweiler8th century Greek,German harpist
  • Saint Arnold of SoissonsBelgian patron of brewers
  • Saint Arnold JanssenGerman,Dutch priest
  • Arnold Alois SchwarzeneggerAustrian,American bodybuilder, actor and politician; 38th Governor of California
  • Arnold Daniel PalmerAmerican golfer
  • Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeldtheoretical physicist
  • Arnold Franz Walter SchoenbergAustrian composer
  • Arnold HoubrakenDutch painter
  • Arnold Edward Trevor BaxEnglish composer and poet
  • Arnold RothsteinAmerican gangster
  • Arnold Harris MathewEnglish bishop and author
  • Arnold Joseph ToynbeeEnglish historian
  • (Enoch) Arnold BennettEnglish novelist
  • Benedict ArnoldAmerican general
  • Arnold Martin "Arnie" Kavalee (b.2017)son of Tiffiny Hall

Arnold in Pop Culture

  • Arnold Phillip Shortmanmain character on animated series "Hey Arnold!"
  • Arnold Horshackcharacter on TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter"
  • Arnold McKinleya character on animated TV series Fireman Sam
  • Arnolda character in film Spy Kids 3,D: Game Over
  • Arnolddog on TV's Entourage
  • Arnold John Flassa character in the Batman series
  • Arnold Jacksona character on TV's Diff'rent Strokes
  • Arnold Perlsteina character in The Magic School Bus series
  • Arnold Rimmera character on TV's Red Dwarf
  • Arnold Tohta character in film Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Arnold Vinicka character in the TV's The West Wing
  • Dr. Arnold WayneBetty Draper's psychiatrist on TV's Mad Men
  • Dr. Arnold Rosenanother character on TV's Mad Men
  • Arnold Webera character on TV's "Westworld"
  • Arnold Wesker aka Ventriloquistcharacter in the DC Comics Universe
  • Arnold von Winkelrieda hero in Swiss folklore
  • Arnold Ziffelpig on TV's Green Acres
  • Arnold Teaguea character in film Solar Crisis
  • Arnoldcharacter on Australian TV series Please Like Me