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Harold

[har-uh ld] /ˈhær əld/
noun
1.
a male given name.

Harold I

noun
1.
("Harefoot") died 1040, king of England 1035–40 (son of Canute).

Harold II

noun
1.
1022?–66, king of England 1066: defeated by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings (son of Earl Godwin).

Harold III

noun
1.
(Harold Hardrada) 1015–66, king of Norway 1045–66.

Hanson

[han-suh n] /ˈhæn sən/
noun
1.
Duane, 1925–1996, U.S. artist and sculptor.
2.
Howard (Harold) 1896–1981, U.S. composer.
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  • Harold was so disgusted with this reply that he relapsed into silence.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • What do you suppose Harold and Elizabeth are up to about this time?

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Harold said nothing; he only rocked a little as one in pain, and his hands fell.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • Harold's could clearly be recognised as belonging to the latter class.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • "She will have to remain at home, then," returned Harold, dejectedly.

    In the Van; or, The Builders John Price-Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Harold

Harold I

/ˈhærəld/
noun
1.
surname Harefoot. died 1040, king of England (1037–40); son of Canute

Harold II

noun
1.
?1022–66, king of England (1066); son of Earl Godwin and successor of Edward the Confessor. His claim to the throne was disputed by William the Conqueror, who defeated him at the Battle of Hastings (1066)
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Word Origin and History for Harold

masc. proper name, Old Norse Haraldr, Old Danish, Old Swedish Harald, from Proto-Germanic *harja-waldaz "army commander." For first element, see harry; second element is related to Proto-Germanic *waldan, source of Old English wealdan (see wield). It shares an etymology with herald.

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