Harold

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552k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Harold

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

Wiktionary

From Proto-Germanic *Harjawaldaz, equivalent to Old English here (“army”) + weald (“ruler”).

  1. A male given name.

    Notable Persons Named Harold

    Harry Belafonte is a singer-songwriter, actor, activism, and social activist. He was most active from 1947 to present. Harry was given the name Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. on March 1st, 1927 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S. Harry is also known as Harold George Belefonte, Jr., Harry Belafonte, and Harry Bellanfanti.

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    Harold Ramis was an actor, director, writer, comedian, film director, and screenwriter. His career lasted from 1969 to 2012. Harold was given the name Harold Allen Ramis on November 21st, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He breathed his last breath on February 24th, 2014.

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    Harold Godwinson was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 5 to 5. Harold was born as the child of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, and Gytha Thorkelsdóttir in Wessex, England. He died on October 14th, 1066.

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    Conway Twitty was a country music, rock, and roll singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1956 to 1993. Conway was given the name Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1st, 1933 in Friars Point, Coahoma County, Mississippi, U.S. He left this life on June 5th, 1993.

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    Harold Shipman is a criminal. Harold is also known as Dr Death" and The Angel Of Death".

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    Harold "Hal" Jordan is a comics character.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Harold

    Gale Harold is an actor. He was most active from 2000 to present. Gale was given the name Gale Morgan Harold III on July 10th, 1969 in Atlanta.

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    Joby Harold is a screenwriter, film producer, and film director.

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    Erika Harold is an attorney and politician. She holds the title Miss Illinois 2002, Miss Illinois2002, and Miss America 2003. Erika was born on February 20th, 1980 in Urbana, Illinois.

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    Eli Harold is an athlete for the San Francisco 49ers. Eli was born on January 20th, 1994 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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    Danielle Harold is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2011. Danielle was born on May 30th, 1992 in Lewisham.

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    Dave Harold is a snooker player. He was most active from 1991 to 2015. Dave was born on December 9th, 1966 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Dave is also known as TheStoke.

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    How popular is the baby 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 #80 boy name
    1887 279 0 279 #61 boy name
    1888 298 0 298 #69 boy name
    1889 340 0 340 #57 boy name
    1890 408 0 408 #46 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 11,255 61 11,194 #12 boy name
    1918 12,237 50 12,187 #13 boy name
    1919 12,091 71 12,020 #13 boy name
    1920 13,745 66 13,679 #12 boy name
    1921 13,886 75 13,811 #12 boy name
    1922 13,657 62 13,595 #13 boy name
    1923 13,930 58 13,872 #13 boy name
    1924 14,235 81 14,154 #13 boy name
    1925 13,680 86 13,594 #14 boy name
    1926 13,401 91 13,310 #14 boy name
    1927 13,328 99 13,229 #14 boy name
    1928 12,769 91 12,678 #14 boy name
    1929 11,771 98 11,673 #16 boy name
    1930 11,727 69 11,658 #18 boy name
    1931 10,753 63 10,690 #18 boy name
    1932 10,485 61 10,424 #18 boy name
    1933 9,586 40 9,546 #18 boy name
    1934 9,962 37 9,925 #18 boy name
    1935 9,207 42 9,165 #20 boy name
    1936 8,656 28 8,628 #21 boy name
    1937 8,584 36 8,548 #21 boy name
    1938 8,583 30 8,553 #23 boy name
    1939 8,330 25 8,305 #23 boy name
    1940 8,109 35 8,074 #23 boy name
    1941 8,137 35 8,102 #24 boy name
    1942 8,608 26 8,582 #27 boy name
    1943 8,687 25 8,662 #27 boy name
    1944 8,006 28 7,978 #27 boy name
    1945 7,549 23 7,526 #28 boy name
    1946 8,402 36 8,366 #33 boy name
    1947 8,926 25 8,901 #35 boy name
    1948 8,166 24 8,142 #36 boy name
    1949 7,835 20 7,815 #42 boy name
    1950 7,244 22 7,222 #45 boy name
    1951 7,185 15 7,170 #46 boy name
    1952 6,980 19 6,961 #51 boy name
    1953 6,603 24 6,579 #56 boy name
    1954 6,370 25 6,345 #60 boy name
    1955 6,112 28 6,084 #63 boy name
    1956 5,971 24 5,947 #72 boy name
    1957 5,777 28 5,749 #74 boy name
    1958 5,159 14 5,145 #84 boy name
    1959 4,963 23 4,940 #87 boy name
    1960 4,706 27 4,679 #92 boy name
    1961 4,461 23 4,438 #94 boy name
    1962 4,245 15 4,230 #95 boy name
    1963 4,112 16 4,096 #95 boy name
    1964 3,892 13 3,879 #98 boy name
    1965 3,569 29 3,540 #99 boy name
    1966 3,338 15 3,323 #99 boy name
    1967 2,978 19 2,959
    1968 2,856 19 2,837
    1969 2,785 19 2,766
    1970 2,748 20 2,728
    1971 2,413 24 2,389
    1972 2,056 21 2,035
    1973 1,820 8 1,812
    1974 1,692 12 1,680
    1975 1,609 18 1,591
    1976 1,455 15 1,440
    1977 1,453 15 1,438
    1978 1,257 13 1,244
    1979 1,258 9 1,249
    1980 1,204 12 1,192
    1981 1,113 14 1,099
    1982 1,056 12 1,044
    1983 946 7 939
    1984 867 5 862
    1985 869 12 857
    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 671 7 664
    1993 602 0 602
    1994 518 0 518
    1995 519 0 519
    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 350 0 350
    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 271 0 271
    2015 283 0 283
    2016 285 0 285

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    Popularity of Harold as a first name

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    Popularity of Harold as a last name

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    Common last names for Harold

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Anderson
    • Davis
    • Wilson
    • Thompson
    • Taylor
    • Moore
    • Clark
    • Martin
    • White
    • Nelson
    • Thomas
    • Young
    • Baker

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Harold U.S.
      White 67.76% 64.26%
      African American 25.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.24% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.99% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.80% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Harold

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Harold

    • How Popular is the name Harold? Harold is the 112th most popular name of all time. As a last name Harold was the 5,651st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Harold have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551,927 babies born with the first name Harold in the United States. That's more than enough people named Harold to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Harold? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 113 new born babies.
    • When was Harold first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Harold is Saturday, November 19th, 1814.
    • What year had the most people named Harold born? The highest recorded use of the first name Harold was in 1924 with a total of 14,154 babies. That's a lot of babies named Harold!
    • Random Harold Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harold ranks 7th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 443 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1917.
    • Weird things about the name Harold: Your name in reverse order is Dlorah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Drlaho. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Harold? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,141 people with the last name Harold.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Harold? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Harold as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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