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Arnold

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 37 0 37
1881 29 0 29
1882 42 0 42
1883 42 0 42
1884 49 0 49
1885 33 0 33
1886 41 0 41
1887 38 0 38
1888 51 0 51
1889 42 0 42
1890 52 0 52
1891 57 0 57
1892 80 0 80
1893 80 0 80
1894 79 0 79
1895 96 0 96
1896 102 0 102
1897 103 0 103
1898 112 0 112
1899 98 0 98
1900 122 0 122
1901 110 0 110
1902 107 0 107
1903 134 0 134
1904 149 0 149
1905 144 0 144
1906 164 0 164
1907 177 0 177
1908 202 0 202
1909 237 0 237
1910 258 0 258
1911 348 0 348
1912 774 7 767 #99 boy name
1913 1,039 7 1,032 #92 boy name
1914 1,186 12 1,174 #97 boy name
1915 1,702 11 1,691 #91 boy name
1916 1,869 11 1,858 #89 boy name
1917 1,793 12 1,781 #91 boy name
1918 1,927 17 1,910 #92 boy name
1919 1,777 10 1,767 #94 boy name
1920 1,919 9 1,910 #91 boy name
1921 2,004 21 1,983 #91 boy name
1922 1,913 18 1,895 #94 boy name
1923 1,936 11 1,925 #93 boy name
1924 2,029 17 2,012 #95 boy name
1925 1,988 14 1,974 #95 boy name
1926 1,899 18 1,881 #99 boy name
1927 2,017 18 1,999 #97 boy name
1928 1,989 15 1,974 #98 boy name
1929 2,000 21 1,979 #95 boy name
1930 1,959 11 1,948 #98 boy name
1931 1,852 17 1,835 #98 boy name
1932 1,834 14 1,820 #100 boy name
1933 1,766 18 1,748
1934 1,791 10 1,781
1935 1,886 7 1,879
1936 1,722 10 1,712
1937 1,739 14 1,725
1938 1,819 0 1,819
1939 1,624 6 1,618
1940 1,591 12 1,579
1941 1,606 6 1,600
1942 1,694 10 1,684
1943 1,701 0 1,701
1944 1,468 7 1,461
1945 1,409 5 1,404
1946 1,583 10 1,573
1947 1,803 6 1,797
1948 1,643 5 1,638
1949 1,597 7 1,590
1950 1,515 5 1,510
1951 1,429 0 1,429
1952 1,473 8 1,465
1953 1,395 8 1,387
1954 1,291 10 1,281
1955 1,321 7 1,314
1956 1,226 11 1,215
1957 1,271 0 1,271
1958 1,131 0 1,131
1959 1,198 8 1,190
1960 1,212 9 1,203
1961 1,163 10 1,153
1962 1,154 0 1,154
1963 1,149 8 1,141
1964 1,050 7 1,043
1965 951 5 946
1966 822 7 815
1967 778 0 778
1968 660 0 660
1969 615 5 610
1970 574 5 569
1971 500 0 500
1972 474 0 474
1973 395 7 388
1974 332 0 332
1975 321 0 321
1976 304 0 304
1977 286 6 280
1978 251 0 251
1979 276 0 276
1980 275 0 275
1981 261 0 261
1982 267 0 267
1983 257 0 257
1984 255 0 255
1985 193 0 193
1986 242 0 242
1987 269 0 269
1988 271 0 271
1989 287 0 287
1990 327 0 327
1991 322 0 322
1992 311 0 311
1993 327 0 327
1994 265 0 265
1995 236 0 236
1996 239 0 239
1997 245 0 245
1998 234 0 234
1999 188 0 188
2000 218 0 218
2001 219 0 219
2002 180 0 180
2003 213 0 213
2004 191 0 191
2005 152 0 152
2006 133 0 133
2007 137 0 137
2008 127 0 127
2009 125 0 125
2010 89 0 89
2011 112 0 112
2012 88 0 88
2013 94 0 94
2014 81 0 81
2015 95 0 95

Fun Facts about the name Arnold

  • How many people with the first name Arnold have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 103,305 babies born with the first name Arnold in the United States. That's more than enough people named Arnold to occupy the country of Tonga with an estimated population of 103,036 (as of November 30, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Arnold? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 37 new born babies.
  • When was Arnold first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Arnold is Saturday, July 5th, 1800.
  • What year had the most people named Arnold born? The highest recorded use of the first name Arnold was in 1924 with a total of 2,012 babies. That's a lot of babies named Arnold!
  • Random Arnold Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Arnold ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 34 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1934.
  • Weird things about the name Arnold: Your name in reverse order is Dlonra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Loradn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Arnold? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 138,893 people with the last name Arnold.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Arnold? Arnold was ranked as the 201st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Arnold as a first name

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Popularity of Arnold as a last name

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Common last names for Arnold

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Nelson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Olson
  • Peterson
  • Thompson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Hansen
  • Martin
  • Carlson
  • Meyer

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Arnold U.S.
  White 81.27% 64.26%
  African American 13.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.55% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Arnold

People with the last name Arnold are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

German

Origin and Meaning of Arnold

The name "Arnold" is of German origin, and it means "Eagle power". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
  2. English poet and literary critic (1822-1888)

French version of a Germanic name, from Proto-Germanic *arô (“eagle”) + *waldaz (“ruler”).

  1. A male given name brought to England by Normans.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. Any of a number of places in the English-speaking world.

Arnold was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Catalan, Danish, Estonian, Faroese, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Arnold

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an office holder. His military service ended in 1. Arnold was born on July 30th, 1947 in Thal, Styria.

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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer is a golf player.

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Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck is a traditional pop music and easy listening musician. He holds the title A Man Without Love". He has been prominent since 1956. Engelbert was given the name Arnold George Dorsey on May 2nd, 1936 in Madras, British India. Engelbert is also known as Engelbert.

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Arnold Rothstein

Arnold Rothstein was a racket (crime), businessperson, boss (crime), rum-running, racketeer, businessman, crime boss, and bootlegger. Arnold was born on January 17th, 1882 in New York City. Arnold is also known as The Brain, Mr. Big, The Fixer, The Man Uptown, and The Big Bankroll. He breathed his last breath on November 6th, 1928.

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Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Arnold was born on June 16th, 1962 in Pretoria.

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Arnold Bernid "Casey" Jones

Arnold Bernid "Casey" Jones is a comics character.

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  • Arnold J. Toynbee
    (historian)
  • Arnold Sommerfeld
    (scientist)
  • Arnold Böcklin
    (artist)
  • Arnold Stang
    (actor)
  • Arnold Bennett
    (novelist)
  • Sir Arnold Clark
    (notable somebody)
  • Arnold Lewis Raphel
    (18th U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan)
  • Eric Sevareid
    (news journalist)
  • Arnold Wesker
    (noteworthy somebody)
  • Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
    (shipping)
  • Arnold Toynbee
    (scientist)
  • Arnold Peter Møller
    (shipping)
  • Arnold of Soissons
    (saint)
  • Arnold Mühren
    (soccer player)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Arnold

Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold is a military person. His military service ended in 1757.

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Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold is an actor, comedian, and television host. His ongoing career started in 1987. Tom was given the name Thomas Duane Arnold on March 6th, 1959 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

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Monica

Monica is a singer, producer, and actress. She was most active from 1993 to present. Monica was given the name Monica Denise Arnold on October 24th, 1980. Monica is also known as Monica Brown.

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Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold is a writer. Matthew was born on December 24th, 1822 in Laleham, Middlesex, England.

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Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold is a film director and actress. Andrea was born on April 5th, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England.

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Henry H. Arnold

Henry H. Arnold is a military person.

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What does the name Arnold mean?

Ais for aware, of your surroundings

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

Nis for nurturing, the care you provide to all

Ois for openness, it's refreshing!

Lis for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

Dis for dandy, a description of you!

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