Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “eagle power.”

The name is composed of the Germanic elements arn (eagle) and wald (power). In pre-Norman England it appeared in the Anglo-Saxon form of Earnwald it was subsequently replaced with the more Norman Arnold and fell out of usage by the Renaissance being revived once again in the 19th-century.

The name is borne by several saints, including an 11th-century French bishop who is venerated as the patron saint of brewers.

Its French form of Arnaud is currently 71st most popular male name in Quebec, Canada (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Earnwald (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Arnald (Catalan)
  • Arnau (Catalan)
  • Arnold (Czech/English/German/Hungarian/Polish/Scandinavian/Slovak/Slovene)
  • Aart (Dutch)
  • Arend (Dutch)
  • Arnoud (Dutch)
  • Arnout (Dutch)
  • Aarno/Arno (Finnish)
  • Arnaud (French)
  • Arnault (French)
  • Arendt (German)
  • Arndt (German)
  • Arne (German)
  • Arnót (Hungarian)
  • Arnaldur (Icelandic)
  • Arnaldo (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Nöl (Limburgish)
  • Nölke (Limburgish)
  • Arnoldas (Lithuanian)
  • Arnwald (Old German)
  • Arnaldr (Old Norse)
  • Arnado (Spanish)

Obscure feminine forms include the German Arnoldine, the French Arnaude and the Southern European Arnalda.

The name is borne by actor and form California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger  (b.1947).

A common English short form is Arnie.