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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Harold

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Harold in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Harold:

  • Records indicate that 547,685 boys in the United States have been named Harold since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1924, when 14,140 people in the U.S. were given the name Harold. Those people are now 96 years old.

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    Comments about the name Harold

    67% Approval Rating
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      2 Positive Comments

  • "Harold is a great name. I am named after my Grandfather and love that. Harold is uncommon but that is a positive." May. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my brothers name, and he always complains that he was the only Harold in school during the 80's. But hey this way evrybody remembers him." Jul. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My name is Harold, named after my Dad. He did'nt do me any favors. For a while I thought it was getting more acceptable but I was wrong. It's still old and square sounding. For some reason growing up everyone called me Harry, Hal or Howard. These days my nickname is "H" Let's face it , have you ever met a really cool guy named Harold? Can you just imagine a Harold Sinatra, or a Harold Presley. How about a movie star Harold Eastwood. No sir, that dog will not hunt!" Mar. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      8 Neutral Comments

  • "It is a very old German/Anglo Saxon name. It was big until King Harold II lost the Battle of Hastings to William the Conqueror in 1066. After that, William was a popular name but Harolds became rare until the early 1900s. it never bothered me, but I'm a senior citizen now and it sounds really old, so I'm changing to Harry." Apr. 2, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was my maternal grandfather's name; he was born in 1901 and lived to 1981. Even though I didn't know anyone in the Long Island, NY area where I grew up with that name, I knew three Harolds in Illinois where I went to college: one was an older Jewish drama teacher and the other two were Chinese and African American drama majors. I don't think there were any others in the entire school (ca. 1969-1973). Wonder why they all were clustered in drama and were so diverse in a mostly white Midwestern small college?" Jun. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "The fourth most unpopular male name in the United Kingdom - a name sounding so old that it's like the male equivalent of Gertrude or Ethel, respectively the first and third most shunned female names. Other grandad names faring as bad as Harold include Frank, Leonard, Arthur, Albert, and Stanley, themselves on the male endangered list in eighth, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 17th positions respectively." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "An ancient royal name as borne by King Harold who was killed in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD (hence the start of the Norman Conquest), and also by Harold Bluetooth and more recently by Norway's present king, Harald V. In the U.S. the name Harold was popular for most of the 20th century, particularly the first quarter of that century, but is now out of fashion, though it is still used on rare occasions in African-American families (so I believe)." Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Conjures up an old man with a pipe in his mouth, and also a well-built New York businessman or gangster (even gang leader) of a certain era who is of either Italian or Jewish descent. Frank, Albert, Walter, and Arthur are pretty much in the same category, and women they are/were married to in, well, just any of those eras would go by Edith or Florence or Agnes or Beatrice." May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Still sounds a bit grandadish to me, but I suppose it could make a comeback, with Harry as a nickname." Oct. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not quite as bad as Arnold, Herbert, or Horace or even women's names like Ethel and Hilda, but still considered old-fashioned in many parts of England and America today" Dec. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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