Harold - Meaning of Harold
[ 2 syll. ha-rol(d), har-o-ld ] The baby boy name Harold is pronounced as HHAARRowLD or HHEY-R-owLD †. Harold is largely used in English and German, and its origin is Germanic. Harold is a variant transcription of the name Harald (German and Scandinavian).
See also the related form, Darold (English).
Harold is a classic favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was in the past. Its usage peaked in 1920 with 1.242% of baby boys being named Harold. It ranked at #12 then. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity, and it is of occasional use in recent times. In 2018, its usage was only 0.015% and its ranking #797. Among the group of boy names directly related to Harold, Harry was the most widely used. In 2018, it was used 51% more than Harold. The name Harold has mostly been a baby boy name, though it has also been given to girls in the past century. In 1932, the name Harold was given to 177 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Harold: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Harold:
Actor Harold Lloyd, born 20 April 1893 - 8 March 1971, Burchard, Nebraska.
Author Harold Robbins, born 21 May 1916 - 14 October 1997, New York, New York.
Clergyman Harold Davidson, born 30 July 1937.
Dancer Harold Nicholas, born 27 March 1921 - 3 July 2000, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Poet Hart Crane, born Harold Hart Crane, 21 July 1899 - 27 April 1932, Garrettsville, Ohio.
Politician Harold Stassen, born 13 April 1907 - 4 March 2001, West St. Paul, Minnesota.
Singer Harry Belafonte, born Harold George Belafonte, Jr., 1 March 1927, New York, New York.
Singer Bo Bice, born Harold Bice, 1 November 1975, Huntsville, Alabama.
Soldier Harold Russell, born 14 January 1914 - 29 January 2002, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Spy Harold "Kim" Philby, born Harold Adrian Russell Philby, 1912 - 1988, Ambala, India.