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What does Archibald mean?

Archibald Pronunciation of Archibald [archibald] 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.

Associated with: britain (england), norman, conquest (victory), popular (famous), scotland, gaelic.


Archibald has 13 variants: Arch, Archaimbaud, Archambault, Archer, Archibaldo, Archibold, Archie, Archimbald, Archimbaldo, Archy, Arquibaldo, Arquimbaldo and Baldie.

Affiliated boy name: Gillespie.

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Middle name pairings:
Archibald Willis (A.W.), ..

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. Demographics)

Archibald reached its peak position of #340 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Archibald name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Archibald outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Arch, Archer (#289 via latest list) and Archie (#1238) are the prominent varying forms of Archibald. These relations of Archibald were at the peak of their popularity a century ago (usage of 0.23%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.07%, 68.2%), with forms such as Arch becoming less trendy. Archer is the most fashionable boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Archibald, Arch, Archer, Archie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Archer, Archie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Achiav (see Achav), Achidan, Achill, Achille, Achiram, Achmad, Anibal, Anibale, Archard, Archelaus, Archerd and Arnald. These names tend to be more frequently used than Archibald.

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