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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. BAWLD-win(English)
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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.
VariantBaldovin(Ancient Germanic)
DiminutiveBaldo(Ancient Germanic)
Other Languages & CulturesBoudewijn, Boele(Dutch) Baudouin(French) Baldovino, Baldo(Italian) Balduíno(Portuguese) Balduino, Baldo(Spanish) Maldwyn(Welsh)

Sources & References

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

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