What does Archibald mean?
Archibald /ar-chi-bald/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Archibald is "genuine, bold, brave". Brought to Britain with the Norman Conquest, and popular largely in Scotland, where it is used as the English version of Gaelic Gilleasbaig. Poet Archibald MacLeish.
How popular is Archibald?
Archibald is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#4214 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Archibald for boys. Archibald reached its peak position of #340 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Archibald and related names. Arch, Archer (#303 a year ago) and Archie are the prominent varying forms of Archibald. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.6323%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.1743%, down 72.4%), with the forms Arch, Archibald and Archie becoming less trendy. Archer (#303) is the most fashionable boy name here, with this name enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)