When W N Arnold was born on 24 July 1874, in Wayne, Tennessee, United States, his father, James D. C. Arnold, was 24 and his mother, Mary Caroline Milton, was 23. He died on 1 August 1904, in his hometown, at the age of 30.
English, Scottish, German, Dutch, French (mainly Alsace and Lorraine), Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Croatian, and Slovenian: from the ancient Germanic personal name Arnwald (Middle English Arnold, Old French Arnaut), composed of the elements arn ‘eagle’ + wald ‘rule, power’. This name was introduced to Britain by the Normans.
English: habitational name from either of two places called Arnold in Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire, from Old English earn ‘eagle’ + halh ‘nook’.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of the German personal name (see 1 above), at least in part on account of its resemblance to the Jewish name Aaron .