Harold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harold family

The surname Harold 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 Harold family

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

Harold Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Harold 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 Harold family to Ireland

Some of the Harold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Harold migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Harold, who arrived in America in 1811 [4]
  • Edward Harold, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [4]
  • John Harold, who landed in New York, NY in 1835 [4]
  • Henry Harold, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [4]
  • Patrick, Paul, and William Harold who, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1860

Canada Harold migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harold Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Catherine Harold, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Henrietta Mary" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [5]
  • Mr. Christopher Harold, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Saguenay" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [5]
  • W. Harold who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [5]
  • Ms. Eliza Harold, aged 18 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Henrietta Mary" departing 18th August 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 29th September 1847 but she died on board [6]
  • Ms. Ellen Harold, aged 25 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but she died on board [6]

Australia Harold migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Harold, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [7]
  • Catherine Harold, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [7]

New Zealand Harold migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Harold Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss E. Harold, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Jocelyn" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 2nd January 1881, en-route to Te Puke, New Zealand [8]
  • Mr. Arthur Harold, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Jocelyn" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 2nd January 1881, en-route to Te Puke, New Zealand [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harold (post 1700) +

  • Gale Morgan Harold III (b. 1969), American actor best known for his roles on Queer as Folk, Desperate Housewives and Hellcats
  • Paul Harold, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980 [9]
  • John R. Harold (b. 1914), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1954, 1960; Candidate for New York State Senate 32nd District, 1956 [9]
  • James J. Harold, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [9]
  • James A. Harold, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1970, 1974 [9]
  • David "Dave" Harold (b. 1966), English professional snooker player
  • Chris Harold (b. 1992), Australian football striker
  • Erika Harold (b. 1980), American model, Miss America 2003
  • John Harold Johnson (1918-2005), American businessman, publisher, founder of the Johnson Publishing Company, the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ian Harold Woosnam OBE (b. 1958), nicknamed the "Wee Welshman", a Welsh professional gold and silver Olympic medalist golfer at the 1920 Summer Olympics

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Harold, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]


  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)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 32)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 79)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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