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Gender: Male Meaning of Lancelot: "servant" Origin of Lancelot: French

The name Lancelot is a boy's name of French origin meaning "servant". Lancelot and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

In Arthurian legend, Lancelot was one of the most dashing of the Knights of the Round Table who eventually had an affair with Queen Guinevere: it makes for a romantic story-- but perhaps overly romantic-- name.

An older spelling is Launcelot, as seen in Shakespeare's Launcelot Gabbo in The Merchant of Venice and two Tobias Smollett novels.

Short form Lance has had an independent life of his own.

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Famous People Named Lancelot

Saint Lancelot Andrewes, Anglican bishop who oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Bible
Lancelot "Capability" Brown, English landscape architect
Lancelot Thomas Hogben, English zoologist and statistician
Lancelot Blackburne, English Archbishop of York and possible pirate
Lancelot Speed, English illustrator
Lancelot Andrew Noel Slocock, English rugby union player
Lancelot Eldin "Lance" de Mole, Australian engineer and inventor
Sir Lancelot Oliphant, British diplomat
Neville Lancelot Goddard (1905-1972), metaphysical author

Pop Culture References for the name Lancelot

Sir Lancelot, knight of King Arthur legends
Sir Lancelot Spratt, irascible surgeon in Richard Gordon's 'Doctor in the House' (1952) and its sequels
"Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp," TV series about a talking chimpanzee spy
Italian variation: Lancelotto

Lance, Lancelott, Launcelot, Launcelet


stepx Says:


i had a great uncle named lancelot. I think its pretty cool. Hed be called lance anyway.

MonikerWanderer Says:


Please don't. This would be ridiculous on a child. Use Lance instead.