Meaning: “genuine bold”
The name is composed of the Old Germanic elements ercan (genuine) and bald (bold). The name has been in use in England since Anglo-Saxon times, its earlier predecessor being the Anglo-Saxon Eorcenbald before being upstaged by the Anglo-Norman Archibald.
Eorcenbald was born by a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon bishop of Wessex, while Erkanbald was borne by a 9th-century bishop of Strasbourg.
By the time of the Normans, the first element of Archibald, Archie, was often associated with the Greek archos αρχος, meaning “master.”
Starting in Medieval times, Archibald became a popular choice among Scottish aristocracy.
In the United States, Archibald appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 between 1880 and 1925 and peaked at #279 in 1890. In the UK, Archibald is currently the 477th most popular male name (2016).
Other forms of the name include:
- Eorcenbald (Anglo-Saxon)
- Archibald (Catalan/English/German/Polish)
- Archambaud/Archambaut/Archimbaud (French)
- Archambault/Archimbald (French)
- Archambeau (French)
- Arcambald/Arcambold (German)
- Erkanbald/Erchanbald (German)
- Arcibaldo (Italian)
- Arcimbaldo/Archimbaldo (Italian)
- Archibaldo (Italian/Spanish)
- Archibaldus (Late Latin)
- Archambałt (Polish)
- Archambuł (Polish)
- Erchembod (Polish)
- Erkinbold (Polish)
Common English diminutive forms include: Archie and Baldie.
A Scottish feminine form is Archina.