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Gender: M Meaning of Archibald: "truly brave" Origin of Archibald: Teutonic

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The short form Archie is so open and friendly --and very trendy in the British Isles--that some parents are now beginning to consider the formerly fusty Archibald as well. SNL comedians Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are one couple who made this breakthrough choice.

After being introduced to England in the twelfth century, Archibald became especially popular in Scotland, where it was in the Top 20 until the 1930s, but later took on a stuffy, aristocratic air. In the US, Archibald ranked as high as Number 279 in 1889.

A notable literary namesake is poet Archibald MacLeish, and Archibald was the full name of both comic-book star Archie Andrews and curmudgeon Archie Bunker. And of course suave Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach.

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Famous People Named Archibald

Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, 19th century British Prime Minister
Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, British Viceroy and Governor-General of India
Archibald MacLeish, American poet
Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, 17th century Scottish leader
Archibald Sinclair, 1st Viscount Thurso, former leader of the British Liberal Party
Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, courtier of King James V of Britain
Archibald Tait, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Archibald Hill, Nobel Prize-winning English physiologist
Archibald Constable, Scottish publisher
Archibald Alexander Leach, birth name of English-American actor Cary Grant
Archibald William Emerson Arnett, son of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

Pop Culture References for the Name Archibald

Nate Archibald, character in the Gossip Girl series
Admiral Archibald Beemis, character in the Samantha Parkington American Girl series
Archibald Simpson, character on TV's "Degrassi"
Archibald "Archie" Campbell, character in Louisa May Alcott's "Rose in Bloom"
Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, character from the movie "Field of Dreams"

Arch, Archey, Archie, Archy

Archibald's International Variations

Arhambault (French) Archibald (Spanish)