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Harold

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Army Ruler
  • #109 All Time
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How popular is the name "Harold" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 113 0 113
1881 120 0 120
1882 127 0 127
1883 108 0 108
1884 191 0 191 #85 boy name
1885 201 0 201 #82 boy name
1886 224 0 224 #78 boy name
1887 279 0 279 #61 boy name
1888 298 0 298 #70 boy name
1889 340 0 340 #57 boy name
1890 408 0 408 #47 boy name
1891 419 0 419 #42 boy name
1892 583 0 583 #37 boy name
1893 572 6 566 #34 boy name
1894 690 0 690 #32 boy name
1895 762 9 753 #29 boy name
1896 868 6 862 #23 boy name
1897 868 8 860 #21 boy name
1898 963 0 963 #22 boy name
1899 919 5 914 #19 boy name
1900 1,253 7 1,246 #20 boy name
1901 915 0 915 #21 boy name
1902 1,083 6 1,077 #19 boy name
1903 1,065 0 1,065 #20 boy name
1904 1,186 0 1,186 #20 boy name
1905 1,266 8 1,258 #20 boy name
1906 1,337 7 1,330 #17 boy name
1907 1,459 7 1,452 #17 boy name
1908 1,551 9 1,542 #17 boy name
1909 1,735 10 1,725 #16 boy name
1910 1,921 12 1,909 #18 boy name
1911 2,459 11 2,448 #16 boy name
1912 5,122 20 5,102 #13 boy name
1913 6,182 25 6,157 #13 boy name
1914 7,601 38 7,563 #14 boy name
1915 10,488 44 10,444 #12 boy name
1916 10,733 35 10,698 #13 boy name
1917 11,259 61 11,198 #12 boy name
1918 12,234 50 12,184 #13 boy name
1919 12,091 71 12,020 #13 boy name
1920 13,745 66 13,679 #12 boy name
1921 13,888 75 13,813 #12 boy name
1922 13,652 62 13,590 #13 boy name
1923 13,932 58 13,874 #13 boy name
1924 14,238 82 14,156 #13 boy name
1925 13,683 86 13,597 #14 boy name
1926 13,395 90 13,305 #14 boy name
1927 13,330 100 13,230 #14 boy name
1928 12,764 91 12,673 #14 boy name
1929 11,776 98 11,678 #16 boy name
1930 11,721 69 11,652 #18 boy name
1931 10,753 63 10,690 #18 boy name
1932 10,486 61 10,425 #18 boy name
1933 9,581 40 9,541 #18 boy name
1934 9,962 37 9,925 #18 boy name
1935 9,208 42 9,166 #20 boy name
1936 8,656 28 8,628 #21 boy name
1937 8,580 36 8,544 #21 boy name
1938 8,582 30 8,552 #23 boy name
1939 8,330 25 8,305 #23 boy name
1940 8,107 35 8,072 #23 boy name
1941 8,135 35 8,100 #24 boy name
1942 8,608 26 8,582 #27 boy name
1943 8,685 25 8,660 #27 boy name
1944 8,007 28 7,979 #27 boy name
1945 7,549 23 7,526 #28 boy name
1946 8,401 36 8,365 #33 boy name
1947 8,926 25 8,901 #35 boy name
1948 8,165 24 8,141 #36 boy name
1949 7,833 20 7,813 #42 boy name
1950 7,242 22 7,220 #45 boy name
1951 7,178 15 7,163 #46 boy name
1952 6,988 19 6,969 #51 boy name
1953 6,591 24 6,567 #56 boy name
1954 6,359 25 6,334 #60 boy name
1955 6,113 28 6,085 #63 boy name
1956 5,970 24 5,946 #72 boy name
1957 5,780 28 5,752 #74 boy name
1958 5,161 14 5,147 #83 boy name
1959 4,958 23 4,935 #88 boy name
1960 4,705 27 4,678 #92 boy name
1961 4,463 23 4,440 #94 boy name
1962 4,244 15 4,229 #95 boy name
1963 4,113 16 4,097 #95 boy name
1964 3,893 13 3,880 #98 boy name
1965 3,570 28 3,542 #99 boy name
1966 3,336 15 3,321 #99 boy name
1967 2,979 19 2,960
1968 2,858 19 2,839
1969 2,787 19 2,768
1970 2,746 20 2,726
1971 2,414 24 2,390
1972 2,057 21 2,036
1973 1,820 8 1,812
1974 1,692 12 1,680
1975 1,610 18 1,592
1976 1,452 15 1,437
1977 1,454 15 1,439
1978 1,256 13 1,243
1979 1,257 9 1,248
1980 1,206 12 1,194
1981 1,113 14 1,099
1982 1,057 12 1,045
1983 947 7 940
1984 867 5 862
1985 868 12 856
1986 812 9 803
1987 809 8 801
1988 810 9 801
1989 789 6 783
1990 771 0 771
1991 683 0 683
1992 672 7 665
1993 602 0 602
1994 517 0 517
1995 520 0 520
1996 507 0 507
1997 433 0 433
1998 407 0 407
1999 413 0 413
2000 406 0 406
2001 377 0 377
2002 363 0 363
2003 343 0 343
2004 356 6 350
2005 349 0 349
2006 356 0 356
2007 349 0 349
2008 310 0 310
2009 265 0 265
2010 305 0 305
2011 256 0 256
2012 260 0 260
2013 234 0 234
2014 270 0 270

Want to know about the populiarty of Harold? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551,319 babies born with the name Harold in the United States. That's more than enough Harolds to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 113 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Harold" was in 1924 with a total of 14,156 babies. (That's a lot of baby Harolds)

According to the 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Harold" ranks #99 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 146 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1970. Across the entire United States a total of 2,746 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Harold popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Harold" mean? The list below shows the origins of Harold as well as things modernly associated with the name Harold such as celebrities named Harold.

Scandinavian

Origin and Meaning of Harold

The name "Harold" is of Scandinavian origin, and it means "Army Ruler". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte is a singer-songwriter, actor, and social activist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1947 to present. Harry was born in 1927 as Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. in Harlem, Manhattan, New York New York, U.S.

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Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty is a singer-songwriter specializing in country, rock and roll music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1955 to 1993. Conway was born in 1933 as Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Coahoma County, Mississippi, U.S.

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Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1954 to present. Hal was born in 1925 as Harold Rowe Holbrook, Jr. in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1913 to 1963. Harold was born in 1893 as Harold Clayton Lloyd in Burchard, Nebraska, United States.

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Kim Philby

Kim Philby is a spy. Kim was born in 1912 as Harold Adrian Russell Philby in Ambala, Punjab, British India.

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Bo Bice

Bo Bice is a musician specializing in southern rock, hard rock, and country rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Bo was born in 1975 as Harold Elwin Bice, Jr. in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

H is for heavenly, your spirit is strong.

A is for accepting, your forgiving nature.

R is for refreshing, the sparkling you.

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!

D is for dream, your beacon ahead.

Your name in reverse order is "Dlorah". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Adrhlo". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Harold born Dec 14, 1936

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA North-East approximately on 1500. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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