Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- German: from a personal name equivalent to
- Irish: this name is of direct Norse origin (see 1), but is also
occasionally a variant of Harrell and Hurrell.
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