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Origin of the name BALDWIN.
Etymology of the name BALDWIN.
Meaning of the baby name BALDWIN.


BALDWIN.  From the Teutonic, "prince friend" (Yonge); from Norse Baldvinni "friend of Baldr," and from the A.S. Bealdwine "bold friend."

BALDWIN.  N. Baldvinni (friend of the god Baldr); A.S. Bealdwine; G. Baldin; Fl. Bauduin, Boldewin (bold friend).  The name of the Counts of Flanders.  Bawdwin is on the Roll of Battell Abbey, and Baldwin among the tenants in chief in D.B. (British Family Names, Barber, 1903)

... Camden, in his remarks on surnames, written some 300 years ago, informs us that Baul and Bald were then nicknames or nursenames for Baldwin, and it was evidently from this source that Mr. Lower borrowed the suggestion that Ball was a nickname of Baldwin (a Norman personal name occurring in Domesday, and frequent as a family name in the thirteenth century). (Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, Guppy, 1890)

... Baldwin was the father of William the Conqueror's Matilda, and the one Baldwinus before the Conquest has very considerably multiplied after it, so that to us Baldwin has all the associations of a Norman name.  Its European celebrity was owing to the two knights of Lorraine and Bourg, who reigned successively at Jerusalem after the first Crusade, and left this to be considered as the appropriate Christian name in their short-lived dynasty; and again, it was borne by the unfortunate count who was thrust into the old Byzantine throne only to be demolished by the Bulgarians, or if indeed he ever returned, to be disowned as an imposter by his daughter. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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