The Herold surname is thought to derive from a first name, popular in the Middle ages. A Germanic Hariowald was mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus. It is also supposed that the name may have evolved from the Middle High German word "heralt," meaning a herald, or messenger.
, where an early form of the name was Hörldt. Predating surnames, there is record of a Haroldus in Hamburg in 1251.
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of this family name include: Herold, Herolt, Hareld, Herholdt, Herholz, Hierold and many more.