[ 2 syll. ha-ral(d), har-a-ld ] The baby boy name Harald is pronounced as HHAA-R-aoLD †. Harald is a German and Scandinavian name of Germanic origin. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'heri' meaning army, warrior ; 'wald' to rule. Herwald (Germanic) is an older form of Harald. The name has been commonly used in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and other German and English speaking countries from the medieval times. It was borne by several kings in Denmark and Norway, including Harald Fairhair (850-933), the first king of Norway; he is credited for unifying Norway into one kingdom. The name Haralda (German) is the female form of Harald.
Harald is a widely used name; it has 25 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Haralpos, Harold (used in German too), and Haroldson. The diminutive forms Hal and Harry are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Harald include Araldo (Italian), Aralt (Irish), Aroldo (Italian), Arrigo (Italian), Enric (Romanian), Garald (Russian), Garold (Russian), Gerahd (Russian), Hale (Hawaiian), Halola (Hawaiian), Harailt (Scottish), Haraldo (Spanish), Haralds (Latvian), Haroldas (Lithuanian), Haroldo (Portuguese), Herold (German), Heronim (Polish), Hieronim (Polish), Jindra (Czech), and Kharald (Russian).
Harald is unusual as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Harald, Harry was the most widely used in 2018.
† English pronunciation for Harald: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"