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Harold Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Harold (Old Norse Haraldr borrowed from an ancient Germanic form Harjawald). Alternatively the name may arise from the Middle English personal name Harwold Harold (Old English Hereweald) particularly in Suffolk where there was also post-medieval confusion with Hurrell . These all go back to an ancient Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri hari ‘army’ + wald ‘rule’ which is attested in Europe from an early date; the Roman historian Tacitus records a certain Cariovalda chief of the ancient Germanic tribe of the Batavi as early as the 1st century A. D. See also Herald . English: habitational name from Harrold (Bedfordshire) from Old English hār ‘gray’ + wald ‘large tract of woodland high woodland’. Irish: this name is of direct Norse origin (see 1 above) but is also occasionally a variant of Harrell and Hurrell . Spellings without final d have been adopted as the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó hEarghail (see Harrell ). German: from a personal name equivalent to 1 above.

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

Similar surnames: Herold, Hard, Harbold, Arnold, Harle, Herod, Harford, Parola, Herbold

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Where is the Harold family from?

You can see how Harold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Harold families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 256 Harold families living in London. This was about 31% of all the recorded Harold's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Harold families in 1891.
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What did your Harold ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Harold. 11% of Harold men worked as an Incapacitated and 73% of Harold women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harold were Wharf Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Wharf Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Harold. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Harold. For the veterans among your Harold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harold lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Harold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Harold in 1949 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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