Harold (given name)

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Harold is a Christian name derived from the Old English name Hereweald, derived from the Germanic elements here "army" and weald "power, leader, ruler".[1] The Old Norse cognate, Haraldr, was also common among settlers in the Danelaw. Diminutives of Harold are Harry and Hal.

People with the given name[edit]


  • Hagrold (fl. 944-954), also known as Harold, Scandinavian chieftain in Normandy
  • Harold Harefoot, or Harold I (c. 1015–1040), King of England from 1035 to 1040
  • Harold Godwinson, or Harold II (c. 1022–1066), the last Anglo-Saxon king of England
  • Harold of Gloucester (died 1168), supposed child martyr and saint, allegedly murdered by Jews


Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Harold". Behind the Name.