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First name of the 18th-century Irish patriot Wolfe Tone.
-- Anonymous User  5/8/2006
There is an old German name; Theobold.
-- arrowhead909  2/17/2007
This wrong. Theobald derives from Greek. Theo referring to God (see, eg, theology) and bald, which refers to white or bright. This is an archaic word found, in mainly combined words, in many European languages. In English, see eg Oxford English Dictionary for bald as meaning "streaked or marked with white". See also Norse mythology for Baldur, the white god. Thus, the meaning of Theobald is "Godbright". You explain the name as "Derived from the Germanic elements þeud "people" and bald "bold". That is a different name. Here the first element is right (Þeud) but the second has undergone a very common change where v becomes b (and sometimes vice versa). The origin is "vald", meaning power or rule. This name means someone who rules over people. However, it never became "Theobald", but "Þeudvald". So, kind people, change Theobald to Godbright!
-- Gunnar  2/5/2008
I hate this name, it is so stupid, who would actually name their baby Theobald because their kid would be bullied for their whole life.
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2008
Father Theobald Mathew was an Irish priest who led the Temperance movement in America.
-- Anonymous User  8/3/2009
It's hard to imagine how Wolfe Tone ever got such an uncool name. No wonder he went by Wolfe.
-- Ailis  9/15/2009

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