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What does Walder mean?

Walder Pronunciation of Walder [walder] as a name for boys is of Old German derivation, and the name Walder means "army ruler". Walder is an alternate spelling of Walter (Old German).

Associated with: army (warrior), ruler (king).


5 alternative forms via Walter: Valter, Valther, Wally, Walt and Walther.

Creative forms:
(male) Wader, Waler, ..

(female) Waldra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Walder Henley (W.H.), ..

How popular is Walder?

Walder is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#16184 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Walder (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000 are Walter (#308 in recent rankings), Walt, Wally and Valter. Other forms, like Valther, are uncommon. These relations of Walder reached the apex of their popularity a century ago (median #1503) and are now much less conventional (#1577, 96%), with the form Walter becoming somewhat dated. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wally, Walt, Walter in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Valter outside U.S.

Similar Names

Walder is alike in pronunciation to Elder, Eldor and Wilder. Other recommended names are Balder, Baldor, Baldur, Balfer, Calder, Caulder, Haider, Halden, Halver, Hayder, Jader, Lander, Malden, Nader, Palmer, Rayder, Sander, Vander, Wade, Wagner, Wald, Waldemar, Walden, Waldenn (see Walden), Waldi, Waldo, Waldon, Waldorf, Waldorp, Waldron, Waleed, Walker, Waller, Warde, Warden, Warner, Wayde, Welden, Wilber, Wilde, Wilmer, Wyler, Wylmer, Xander and Zander. These names tend to be more frequently used than Walder.

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