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PronouncedPron.BAWLD-w!n English

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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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute