Word Origin and History for 1st earl baldwin of bewdley
masc. proper name, from O.Fr. Baldoin (Fr. Baudouin), from a Gmc. source, cf. O.H.G. Baldawin, lit. "bold friend," from bald "bold" (see bold) + wini "friend" (see win). A popular Flemish name, common in England before and after the Conquest.