From Old French heraut, from Frankish *heriwald, from *heri (“army”) + *wald (“reigning; ruling”) from Proto-Germanic *harjawaldaz, a compound consisting of Proto-Indo-European *ker- (“army”) + *h₂welh₁- (“to be strong”). Compare Walter, which has these elements reversed. Doublet of faraud.
héraut m (plural hérauts)
In contrast to héraut itself, the terms with the Latinate stem hérald- have a mute h-.
- “héraut”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.