Given Name BALDWIN

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: BAWLD-win (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and win "friend". In the Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusaders conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
VARIANT: Baldovin (Ancient Germanic)
DIMINUTIVE: Baldo (Ancient Germanic)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Boudewijn, Boele (Dutch), Baudouin (French), Baldovino, Baldo (Italian), Balduíno (Portuguese), Balduino, Baldo (Spanish), Maldwyn (Welsh)
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Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 242