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.


brave, currently out of the US top 1000, nobility, Ogre Battle characters, surnames
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)

Sources & References

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