Harold Family History

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Harold Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Hereweald, its Old Norse equivalent Haraldr, or the Continental form Herold introduced to Britain by the Normans. These all go back to a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + wald ‘rule’, which is attested in Europe from an early date; the Roman historian Tacitus records a certain Cariovalda, chief of the Germanic tribe of the Batavi, as early as the 1st century ad. English: occupational name for a herald, Middle English herau(l)d (Old French herau(l)t, from a Germanic compound of the same elements as above, used as a common noun). German: from a personal name equivalent to 1. Irish: this name is of direct Norse origin (see 1), but is also occasionally a variant of Harrell and Hurrell.

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

Similar surnames: Herold, Hard, Harbold, Arnold, Harle, Herod, Harford, Parola, Herbold

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Harold Family Origin

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Harold Family Occupations

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In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Harold. 11% of Harold men worked as an Incapacitated and 73% of Harold women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harold were Wharf Labourer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Wharf Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated

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

Harold Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Harold. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Harold. For the veterans among your Harold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harold Life Expectancy

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Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Harold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Harold in 1949 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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