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Baldwin Surname Meaning

English and North German: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements bald ‘bold brave’ + wine ‘friend’ which was extremely popular among the Normans and in Flanders in the early Middle Ages. It was the personal name of the Crusader who in 1100 became the first Christian king of Jerusalem and of four more Crusader kings of Jerusalem. It was also borne by Baldwin Count of Flanders (1172–1205) leader of the Fourth Crusade who became first Latin Emperor of Constantinople (1204). In North America this surname has absorbed Dutch forms such as Boudewijn. Irish: surname adopted in Donegal by bearers of the Gaelic surname Ó Maolagáin (see Milligan ) due to association of Gaelic maol ‘bald hairless’ with English bald.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Baudoin, Albin, Bald, Hadwin, Alwin, Baldon, Baudin, Alvin, Galvin

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Where is the Baldwin family from?

You can see how Baldwin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baldwin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baldwin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 638 Baldwin families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Baldwin's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Baldwin families in 1911.
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What did your Baldwin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Baldwin. 33% of Baldwin men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Baldwin women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baldwin were Clerk and Bookkeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Income
  • Bookkeeper
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Passenger Lists

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There are 114,000 military records available for the last name Baldwin. For the veterans among your Baldwin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Baldwin lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Baldwin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Baldwin in 1941 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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