[ 2 syll. ar-nol(d), arn-o-ld ] The baby boy name Arnold is pronounced as AARNahLD (English) or AARNaoLT (German) †. Arnold is used predominantly in the Dutch, English, and German languages, and its origin is Germanic. The name's meaning is eagle ruler. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'arn' meaning eagle ; 'wald' to rule. Arinwalt (Germanic) and Earnweald (Old English) are old forms of Arnold. The name was borne by Saint Arnold, an 8th-century Greek musician at the court of Charlemagne. It is not certain how Saint Arnold had a Germanic name despite his Greek roots. The name was also borne by Arnold of Soissons, an 11th-century French bishop and patron saint of Belgian brewers, and a 12th-century Augustinian monk who was hanged for rebelling against the church. The name was introduced to England by the Normans in the 11th century, replacing the Old English form. The modern form of the name evolved via forms such as Arnaud, Aunaut, Ernald, and Ernaldus. The name died out by the end of the Middle Ages, before being revived in the 19th century. The name Arnalda (Italian) is the female version of Arnold.
The name Arnold is used to a great extent; it has 36 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Arnald, Arnel (used in Spanish as well), Arnell, Arney, Arnhold, Arni (used in Scandinavian and Spanish as well), Arnol, Arnoldas, Arnolde, Arnoldo (used in Italian and Spanish as well), Arnoll, Arnot, Arnott, and Arnulfo. Other English forms include the short forms Arn and Arne (used in German, and Scandinavian as well), the diminutive forms Arnie and Arny, and the variant spelling Arnolt (used in German as well).
Foreign variants of Arnold include Aarne (Finnish), Ardal (Irish), Arend (German), Arnaldo (Italian and Spanish), Arnallt (Welsh), Arnau (Catalan), Arnaud (French and Italian), Arnauld (French), Arnault (French), Arnoud (Dutch and French), Arnout (Dutch and German), and Wado (Spanish). Specific foreign variants include the short forms Anno (German), Arendt (German), Arnd (German), Arndt (German), and Arno (Dutch and German).
Arnold is rare as a baby name for boys. At the peak of its usage in 1916, 0.201% of baby boys were given the name Arnold. It ranked at #89 then. The baby name has since substantially fallen in popularity, and is currently of very modest use. Out of all boy names in its group, Arnold was nonetheless the most popular in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Arnold include Arnald, Arnhold, Arnolde, Arnolt, Arnaldo, Arnoldo, and Arnauld.
† Pronunciation for Arnold: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Arnold:
Author Arnold Bennett, born Enoch Arnold Bennett, 27 May 1867 - 27 March 1931, Staffordshire, England.
Composer Sir Arnold Bax, born Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, 8 November 1883 - 3 October 1953, London, England.
Golfer Arnold Palmer, born Arnold Daniel Palmer, 10 September 1929, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, born 30 July 1947, Thal, Austria.