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Harold

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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 11,257 61 11,196 #12 boy name
1918 12,236 50 12,186 #13 boy name
1919 12,091 71 12,020 #13 boy name
1920 13,745 66 13,679 #12 boy name
1921 13,887 75 13,812 #12 boy name
1922 13,654 62 13,592 #13 boy name
1923 13,932 58 13,874 #13 boy name
1924 14,236 82 14,154 #13 boy name
1925 13,683 86 13,597 #14 boy name
1926 13,396 90 13,306 #14 boy name
1927 13,331 99 13,232 #14 boy name
1928 12,767 91 12,676 #14 boy name
1929 11,775 98 11,677 #16 boy name
1930 11,722 69 11,653 #18 boy name
1931 10,754 63 10,691 #18 boy name
1932 10,484 61 10,423 #18 boy name
1933 9,585 40 9,545 #18 boy name
1934 9,962 37 9,925 #18 boy name
1935 9,208 42 9,166 #20 boy name
1936 8,655 28 8,627 #21 boy name
1937 8,582 36 8,546 #21 boy name
1938 8,582 30 8,552 #23 boy name
1939 8,330 25 8,305 #23 boy name
1940 8,109 35 8,074 #23 boy name
1941 8,135 35 8,100 #24 boy name
1942 8,609 26 8,583 #27 boy name
1943 8,685 25 8,660 #27 boy name
1944 8,007 28 7,979 #27 boy name
1945 7,550 23 7,527 #28 boy name
1946 8,401 36 8,365 #33 boy name
1947 8,925 25 8,900 #35 boy name
1948 8,166 24 8,142 #36 boy name
1949 7,834 20 7,814 #42 boy name
1950 7,245 22 7,223 #45 boy name
1951 7,181 15 7,166 #46 boy name
1952 6,981 19 6,962 #51 boy name
1953 6,604 24 6,580 #56 boy name
1954 6,361 25 6,336 #60 boy name
1955 6,113 28 6,085 #63 boy name
1956 5,972 24 5,948 #72 boy name
1957 5,776 28 5,748 #74 boy name
1958 5,161 14 5,147 #84 boy name
1959 4,962 23 4,939 #87 boy name
1960 4,705 27 4,678 #92 boy name
1961 4,461 23 4,438 #94 boy name
1962 4,245 15 4,230 #95 boy name
1963 4,114 16 4,098 #95 boy name
1964 3,892 13 3,879 #98 boy name
1965 3,570 28 3,542 #99 boy name
1966 3,337 15 3,322 #99 boy name
1967 2,978 19 2,959
1968 2,857 19 2,838
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 1,609 18 1,591
1976 1,456 15 1,441
1977 1,453 15 1,438
1978 1,257 13 1,244
1979 1,258 9 1,249
1980 1,205 12 1,193
1981 1,113 14 1,099
1982 1,057 12 1,045
1983 946 7 939
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 671 7 664
1993 602 0 602
1994 518 0 518
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 271 0 271
2015 281 0 281

Fun Facts about the name Harold

  • How many people with the first name Harold have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551,630 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 1954 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harold ranks 51st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 164 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1954.
  • 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 Orldah. 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.

Where is the name Harold popular?

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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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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.

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

  1. A male given name.

    Notable Persons With the Name Harold

    Harry Belafonte

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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    Harold "Hal" Jordan

    Harold "Hal" Jordan is a comics character.

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    • Hal Holbrook
      (actor)
    • Jack Albertson
      (actor)
    • Harold Perrineau
      (actor)
    • Harold Pinter
      (writer)
    • Harold Holt
      (office holder)
    • Harold Lloyd
      (comedian)
    • Rance Howard
      (actor)
    • Hal Linden
      (actor)
    • Harold Hamm
      (ceo of continental resources)
    • Harold Harefoot
      (royalty)
    • Ray Stevens
      (singer-songwriter)
    • Allan Clarke
      (musician)
    • Hal Roach
      (director)
    • Harold Abrahams
      (athlete)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Harold

    Gale 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

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

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    Erika Harold

    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

    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

    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

    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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    What does the name Harold mean?

    His for hug, give one today!

    Ais for aware, of your surroundings

    Ris for romp, you know how to have fun!

    Ois for organized, you always know where things are

    Lis for love, your love of life!

    Dis for diamond, the brilliance you shine.

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