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

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

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