Meaning and Origin of: Harlow

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : From the protected town
  • German : Flax
  • Old English : Rabbit archer

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from any of various places called Harlow. One in West Yorkshire is probably named from Old Englishhær ‘rock’, ‘heap of stones’ + hlāw ‘mound’, ‘hill’; those in Essex and Northumberland have Old English here‘army’ as the first element, perhaps in the sense ‘host’, ‘assembly’.
  • English : There is also a record of this name as a variant of CornishPenhollow.

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