Harold Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Harold:
Derived from the obsolete Old English Hereweald, a compound name composed of the elements here (army) and weald (ruler, power, control). Alternatively, the Scandinavians introduced the cognate Harald, which is composed of the Germanic elements harja (army) and wald (rule). The name was borne by King Harald I (d. 1040), also known as Harald Harefoot, and Harald II (1022 - 66), who was killed in the Battle of Hastings. The name died out in the early Middle Ages but was reintroduced in the 19th century with other Old English names.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Harold Bloom, literary critic
Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister (1957-63)
Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright
Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (1964-70, 1974-76)
Harold Lloyd, actor in 1920's
Harold Styles, British Boy-Band Member
- Harold in song, story & screen
"Harold and Maude," classic 70s movie, dark comedy.
Harold Hill, lead character in "The Music Man".
Harold Waldorf (played by John Shea), recurring character (and father of lead Blair) on "Gossip Girl".
"Harold and the Purple Crayon", children's book by Crockett Johnson.