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What does Baldwin mean?

Baldwin Pronunciation of Baldwin as a boys' name is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Baldwin is "bold, brave friend". Adopted by the Normans and introduced by them to Britain. In the Middle Ages, it was rather common, and gave rise to a surname. It was borne by Norman Crusader Baldwin of Boulogne, who was elected first king of Jerusalem in 1100. It continued to be used by some families in England into the 17th century, but in modern times it usually represents a transferred use of the surname rather than a direct revival of the Norman given name. Baudoin is a royal name in Belgium. Author James Baldwin.


ASSOCIATED WITH friend, surname, norman, 17th century, modern


VARIANTS Bald, Baldewin, Baldovino, Balduin, Balduino, Baldwinn, Baldwyn, Baldwynn, Balldwin, Baudoin



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How popular is Baldwin?

Baldwin is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#361 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Baldwin reached its top rank of #1768 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Similar Names

Baldwin is alike in pronunciation to Belden and Beldon. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aldrin, Aldwin, Alwin, Aylwin, Balbi, Balbino, Balder, Balderic, Balderik (see Baldric), Baldie, Baldor, Baldric, Baldrick, Baldur, Barden, Bardon, Bardric, Bartin, Baudric, Berwin, Bodin, Boltin, Bordin, Bowdoin, Bowin, Bradin, Braidin, Brandin, Caidin, Calvin, Camdin, Cardin, Caydin, Colwin, Dallin, Dalvwin (see Delvin), Darwin, Dellwin, Delwin, Eadin, Edwin, Eldwin, Elwin, Galin, Gallvin (see Galvin), Galvin, Garwin, Gladwin, Godwin, Goldewin (see Goldwin), Goldwin, Haddin, Hadwin, Hardin, Hardwin, Hedwin, Jalin, Kadin, Kaidin, Kalin, Kaydin, Landin, Malin, Mallin, Malvin, Marwin, Medwin, Melwin, Nalin, Selwin, Slawin (see Slavin), Talfrin (see Talfryn) and Walwin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Baldwin.

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