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Arnold Name Meaning

English Scottish German Dutch French (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Hungarian Czech Slovak Polish Croatian and Slovenian: from the ancient Germanic personal name Arnwald (Middle English Arnold Old French Arnaut) composed of the elements arn ‘eagle’ + wald ‘rule power’. This name was introduced to Britain by the Normans. English: habitational name from either of two places called Arnold in Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire from Old English earn ‘eagle’ + halh ‘nook’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of the German personal name (see 1 above) at least in part on account of its resemblance to the Jewish name Aaron .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Harold, Armold, Arnoldi, Arnall, Arno, Honold, Appold, Menold, Arnott

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Where is the Arnold family from?

You can see how Arnold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Arnold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Arnold families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,142 Arnold families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Arnold's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Arnold families in 1891.
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What did your Arnold ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Arnold. 6% of Arnold men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Arnold women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Arnold were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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There are 210,000 military records available for the last name Arnold. For the veterans among your Arnold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Arnold lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Arnold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Arnold in 1940 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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