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PronouncedPron.BAWLD-w!n 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

Categories

American Horror Story characters, brave, currently out of the US top 1000, nobility, Ogre Battle characters, surnames
Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute