Harrold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harrold family

The surname Harrold 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 Harrold family

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Harrold Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Harrold 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 Harrold family to Ireland

Some of the Harrold 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 Harrold migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harrold Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Harrold, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [4]
Harrold Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Harrold, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [4]
Harrold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Harrold, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Hugh Harrold, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [4]

Canada Harrold migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harrold Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Harrold, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Harrold Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Harrold, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Daniel Harrold, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Mr. John Harrold, aged 17 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 on October 3rd, 1847 [5]

Australia Harrold migration to Australia +

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

Harrold Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Harrold, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • William Harrold, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [7]
  • Henry Harrold, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850 [8]
  • Jane Harrold, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850 [8]
  • Oliver Harrold, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Harrold 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:

Harrold Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Harrold, (b. 1814), aged 48, British laundress from Yorkshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [9]
  • Miss Catherine Harrold, (b. 1840), aged 22, British domestic servant from Yorkshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [9]
  • Mr. William Harrold, (b. 1844), aged 18, British mechanic from Yorkshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [9]
  • Mr. George Harrold, (b. 1848), aged 14, British settler from Yorkshire, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [9]
  • Mr. Harrold, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "St. Kilda" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th August 1873 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harrold (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant-General Thomas Leonard Harrold (1902-1973), American Commandant of National War College (1958-1961) [11]
  • Lieutenant General Thomas Leonard Harrold (1902-1973), American commander of the 9th Armored Division
  • Orville Harrold (1878-1933), American operatic tenor and musical theatre actor
  • Kathryn Harrold (b. 1950), American television and movie actress
  • Peter Jacob Harrold (b. 1983), American ice hockey defenseman
  • Winfield S. Harrold, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1916 [12]
  • Simon Harrold, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County, 1899-1900 [12]
  • Ethel Harrold, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980 [12]
  • Chris W. Harrold, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1916 [12]
  • Mrs. C. C. Harrold, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1924 [12]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GIPSY QUEEN 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850GipsyQueen.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Thomas Harrold. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Harrold/Thomas_Leonard/USA.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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