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Harold Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Hereweald, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr, or the Continental form Herold introduced to Britain by the Normans. These all go back to a 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 Germanic tribe of the Batavi, as early as the 1st century ad. English: occupational name for a herald, Middle English herau(l)d (Old French herau(l)t, from a Germanic compound of the same elements as above, used as a common noun). German: from a personal name equivalent to 1. Irish: this name is of direct Norse origin (see 1), but is also occasionally a variant of Harrell and Hurrell.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 11 Harold families living in Virginia. This was about 41% of all the recorded Harold's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Harold families in 1840.
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What did your Harold ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Harold. 19% of Harold men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Harold women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harold were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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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 the USA, 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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