Scottish from German
"truly brave"

Archibald Origin and Meaning

The name Archibald is a boy's name of Spanish origin meaning "truly brave".

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.

# 836 in the US

Archibald Rank in US Top 1000

# 523 on Nameberry

Archibald Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Archibald Popularity

Famous People Named Archibald

  • Archibald Primrose5th Earl of Rosebery, 19th century British Prime Minister
  • Archibald Wavell1st Earl Wavell, British Viceroy and Governor,General of India
  • Archibald MacLeishAmerican poet
  • Archibald Campbell1st Marquess of Argyll, 17th century Scottish leader
  • Archibald Sinclair1st Viscount Thurso, former leader of the British Liberal Party
  • Archibald Douglas6th Earl of Angus, courtier of King James V of Britain
  • Archibald Taitformer Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Archibald HillNobel Prize,winning English physiologist
  • Archibald ConstableScottish publisher
  • Archibald Alexander Leachbirth name of English,American actor Cary Grant
  • Archibald Marshall BellAmerican actor
  • Archibald Campbell "Archie" MacLarenEnglish cricketer
  • Archibald ButtAmerican political aide to President Taft, died in Titanic disaster
  • (Archibald) Marshall BellAmerican actor
  • Archibald William Emerson Arnettson of actors Will Arnett and Amy Poehler
  • Archibald LampmanCanadian romantic poet

Archibald in Pop Culture

  • Archibald "Archie" Andrewsfrom the Archie comics and the TV show Riverdale
  • Archibald Beemischaracter in the Samantha Parkington American Girl series
  • Archibald Simpsoncharacter on TV's "Degrassi"
  • Archibald "Archie" Campbellcharacter in Louisa May Alcott's "Rose in Bloom"
  • Archibald "Moonlight" Grahamcharacter from the movie "Field of Dreams"
  • Archibald "Archie" Forbescharacter in G. A. Henty's, In Freedom's Cause
  • Nate Archibaldcharacter in the Gossip Girl series