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Arnold Name Meaning

English and German: from a very widely used personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements arn ‘eagle’ + wald ‘rule’. In addition, it has probably absorbed various European cognates and their derivatives (for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988). English: habitational name from either of the two places called Arnold (see Arnall). Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of the German personal name, at least in part on account of its resemblance to the Jewish name Aaron.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Harold, Armold, Arnoldi, Arnall, Arno, Honold, Appold, Menold, Arnott

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Where is the Arnold family from?

You can see how Arnold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Arnold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Arnold families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,142 Arnold families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Arnold's in the UK. London had the highest population of Arnold families in 1891.
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What did your Arnold ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Arnold. 6% of Arnold men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Arnold women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Arnold were Bricklayer and Private Means.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 210,000 military records available for the last name Arnold. For the veterans among your Arnold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Arnold lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Arnold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Arnold in 1940 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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