Name: Harold

Origin and Meaning of the Name Harold

  • Meaning:
    Leader of an army
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  • Pronunciation:
    (HAYR old); (HAR rold)
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    Itself (Harold)
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Miscellaneous Info for Harold

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    English speaking countries
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    There have been two English kings named Harold. The second, Harold Godwinson, was killed in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. By popular legend, he died when an arrow was shot in his eye. There have also been three Kings of Denmark named Harald and five kings of Norway. Harald Bluetooth, the first Harald of Denmark, was an early Danish convert to Christianity. Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada, was killed by Harold Godwinson's forces at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, only a fortnight before the Battle of Hastings.

    Harold Wilson was British Prime Minister in the 1960s and 70s. Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister from 1957 to 63. Harold Pinter is an English playwright.

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