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From Old English Arcebald, Old English Arcenbald, or Old English Ercenbald and cognate with Old French Archaunbault, from Proto-West Germanic *Erknabalþ, from *erkn (“pure, holy, genuine, precious”) + *balþ (“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: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 1, scene i]:
- 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