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Origins of the Arnold surname

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What does the name Arnold mean?

The origin of the Arnold surname is English. It comes from those who are the son or in the line of someone of the same name (and the earlier versions like the Middle English 'Arnald' and Norman 'Arnoud'). This patronymic name has been found in documents as early as the 1200s.

Alternative variations of the name Arnold

Arnold, Arnald, Arnolds, Arnolde, Arnuld

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Where do most Arnolds live?

In 1921, most Arnolds lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Arnolds

How common is your surname?

211th most common surname in the UK

We have 171,000 records for the Arnold surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Arnolds most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Arnold first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Arnolds

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Arnolds in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Arnolds in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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