Show ContentsHarald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harald family

The surname Harald was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute.

The name in Anglo Saxon, signifies "The love of the army," From Har, an army, and hold, love. [1] Hence the name is often referred to as "powerful warrior." [2]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Agnes Harald, Oxfordshire; John Harald, Wiltshire; Reginald Haralt, Oxfordshire; and Roger Harold, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Robertus Harald; and Stephen Harald as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Harald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harald research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1566, 1626 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Harald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harald Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harold, Harald, Harrell, Hirrell, Hurrell and others.

Early Notables of the Harald family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Francis Harold, O.F.M. (died 1685), an Irish Franciscan and historical writer. He was a native of Limerick, and member of the Franciscan order, to which his uncle, Luke Wadding, was the historiographer. Harold...
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Ireland Migration of the Harald family to Ireland

Some of the Harald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Harald family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick, Paul, and William Harold who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1860.


Contemporary Notables of the name Harald (post 1700) +

  • Carl Harald Brummer (1864-1953), Danish architect
  • John Harald Norbelie (1944-2015), Swedish journalist and writer
  • Espen Harald Bjerke (b. 1980), Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Harald Weinrich (1927-2022), German classical scholar, scholar of Romance philology and philosopher, known for the breadth of his writings
  • Harald D. Cagle (1913-1977), American silver medalist Olympic athlete in the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Harald Walter Bernhard Schubring (1942-2021), stage name Ted Herold, a German rock and roll singer
  • Harald K. Selte, Swedish researcher at the Norwegian Competition Authority, Oslo
  • Harald Specht (b. 1951), German scientist and author
  • Harald Nickel (b. 1953), German former footballer for the West Germany National Teams (1978-1980) and (1979-1980)
  • Harald Welte (b. 1979), German programmer, former Chairman of the core team responsible for the netfilter/iptables project


  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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