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From Old French Archaunbault, from Old High German Erchanbald, from Proto-West Germanic [Term?], from Proto-Germanic *Erknabalþaz, a construction of *erknaz (“pure, holy, genuine, precious”) + *balþaz (“strong, bold”)
- Used as an anglicization of Scottish Gaelic Gille Easbuig (literally “servant of the bishop”), which is also often anglicized as Gillespie.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 1, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:, Scene 1 :
- On Holy-rood day, the gallant Hotspur there
- Young Harry Percy, and brave Archibald,
- That ever-valiant and approved Scot,
- At Holmedon met.
male given name