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The name Baldwin is of English origin, from the Old English Bealdwine, or the Old German equivalent Baldavin, meaning "bold friend". It was frequently used in medieval Britain as a surname.
Derived from the Germanic elements bald "bold, brave" and win "friend". In the Middle Ages this was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders. After the crusaders conquered Jerusalem, he was crowned as the king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
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Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG, PC (1867–47), a British Conservative politician, statesman, and major figure on the political scene in the interwar years.
Alec Baldwin, actor of 30 ROCK, Beetlejuice, Glengarry Glen Ross, and 14 time SNL host
James Arthur Baldwin (1924–87), an American novelist, writer, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist
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