Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. AHR-nəld(English) AR-nawlt(German, Polish) AHR-nawlt(Dutch)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From a Germanic name meaning "eagle power", derived from the elements arn "eagle" and walt "power, authority". 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-).

Related Names

VariantsArend(German) Arnoud, Arnout, Arend(Dutch) Arnoald(Germanic)
DiminutivesArn, Arnie(English) Arnd, Arndt, Arne, Arno(German) Arno(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesArnau(Catalan) Arnaud(French) Arnaldo, Arnoldo, Naldo(Italian) Arnolds(Latvian) Nöl, Nölke(Limburgish) Arnoldas(Lithuanian) Arnt(Norwegian) Arnaldo(Portuguese)
Surname DescendantsArnold(English) Arnold(German)


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   simple   serious  

Name Days

Austria: January 15
Denmark: December 1
Estonia: November 16
Hungary: June 18
Norway: December 1
Poland: February 19
Poland: July 18
Poland: October 9
Slovakia: October 1
Sweden: August 4


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 140.
Entry updated December 7, 2022