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PronouncedPron.AHR-nəld English
AR-nawlt German
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Meaning & History

From a Germanic name meaning "eagle power", derived from the elements arn "eagle" and wald "power". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Earnweald. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century.

Saints bearing the name include an 8th-century musician in the court of Charlemagne and an 11th-century French bishop who is the patron saint of brewers. It was also borne by Arnold of Brescia, a 12th-century Augustinian monk who rebelled against the church and was eventually hanged. Famous modern bearers include American golfer Arnold Palmer (1929-2016) and Austrian-American actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-).
VariantsArend German Arnoud, Arnout, Arend Dutch
DiminutivesArn, Arnie English Arndt, Arne, Arno German Aart, Arno Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesArnau Catalan Arnaud French Ane, Anne, Arke Frisian Arnaldo Italian Arnolds Latvian Nöl, Nölke Limburgish Arnoldas Lithuanian Arnt Norwegian

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 140

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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute