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

The name Archibald is a boy's name of Spanish origin meaning "truly brave". Archibald and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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 Campbell "Archie" MacLaren, English cricketer
Archibald Butt, American political aide to President Taft, died in Titanic disaster
(Archibald) Marshall Bell, American actor
Archibald William Emerson Arnett, son of actors Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

Pop Culture References for the name Archibald

Archibald "Archie" Andrews, from the Archie comics and the TV show Riverdale
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"
Sir Archibald "Archie" Forbes, character in G. A. Henty's, In Freedom's Cause
Nate Archibald, character in the Gossip Girl series

Archy, Archey, Arch, Archie

Archibald's International Variations

Archibald (Spanish) Arhambault (French)


stepx Says:


its a deceptively cool name and is absolutely ready for a comeback. The nickname ARCHIE is likely going to more popular, but both are ready to spike in popularity. I like it. In fact Id consider it. Has a kind of both old fashioned cool and nostalgia as well as being unlike most any other name.

GenEric Says:


You know, if you pronounce the archi and bald closely together, it sounds kind of nice. The issue is, most people would not.

ImNotAnEmotionsMan Says:


My grandfathers name was Archibald with nn Art and Artie. I find it to be a bit too stuffy for my tastes but I do think a cute nn like Art/Archie, Arrie, or Al would help soften it a bit. Discounting this strong name with a nice meaning just because of the bald ending is like hating Richard bc it has hard in it; rather unfortunate I must say...

Francoamericano Says:


cant get passed "bald" part. how about archibold or archer

Impwood Says:


Archibald is very winsome when you picture it on a small boy, but I don't think I'll ever be able to like Archie.

RoddyThlayli Says:


No offense to anyone who like/is named Archibald but to me, it's like Gertrude, to me, which is to say, very ugly. Besides, who wants to put 'bald' in their child's name?

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I remember when I moved schools in year 1, and my teachers name was Mrs Archibald. I made fun of her name when I found out, but felt bad after because she was a really kind teacher.

MaryKathryn Says:


I really don't like this name. It just seems like a vegetable name to me. Choose Archer and nickname him Archie.