Arnold Family History

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Arnold Name Meaning

English and German: from a very widely used personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements arn ‘eagle’ + wald ‘rule’. In addition, it has probably absorbed various European cognates and their derivatives (for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988). English: habitational name from either of the two places called Arnold (see Arnall). Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of the German personal name, at least in part on account of its resemblance to the Jewish name Aaron.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Harold, Armold, Arnoldi, Arnall, Arno, Honold, Appold, Menold, Arnott

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Arnold Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Arnold name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Arnold. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Arnold Family Origin

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Arnold Family Occupations

What did your Arnold ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Arnold occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Arnold's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Arnold family was Laborer. Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Arnold.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Laborer


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Arnold Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Arnold. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Arnold census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 87,000 immigration records available for the last name Arnold. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 210,000 military records available for the last name Arnold. For the veterans among your Arnold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Arnold Life Expectancy

What is the average Arnold lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Arnold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Arnold in 1940 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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