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What does Waldo mean?

Waldo Pronunciation of Waldo [wal-do] as a boys' name is pronounced WAL-doh. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Waldo is "rule". Short form and diminutive of a number of Old German names with the element Wald-, such as Oswald and Waldemar. Also possibly a German place name meaning "forest meadow". Literary: the "Where's Waldo" children books were popular in the 1990s, giving the name a somewhat comical connotation. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Associated with: rule (king), old, forest (tree), meadow, popular (famous).


Waldo has 2 variants: Walden and Waldron.

2 more different relations via Oswald, Waldemar: Osvaldo and Oswaldo.

1 feminine form: Walda.

Creative forms:
(male) Walatt, Wildo, ..

(female) Waldy, Walte, ..

Middle name pairings:
Waldo Amias (W.A.), ..

How popular is Waldo?

Waldo is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#991 out of 1220, Top 81%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#6700 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Waldo reached its top rank of #423 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Waldo name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Osvaldo (#988 a year ago), Walden, Oswaldo, Oswald and Waldemar are the prominent varying forms of Waldo listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Waldo were popular as baby names in 2006 (average #1506) and have become much less popular since, with forms like Oswaldo going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Waldo, Osvaldo, Oswald, Oswaldo, Waldemar, Walden in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Waldo and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Waldo is pronounced similarly to Aldo, Alldo and Waldi. Other suggested similar names are Araldo, Bardo, Evaldo (see Everild), Gildo, Lando, Naldo, Nando, Nardo, Wade, Wald, Walder, Waldon, Waldorf, Waldorp, Walid, Wally, Walsh, Walt, Walton, Ward, Warde, Wayde, Weldon, Wild and Wilde. These names tend to be less frequently used than Waldo.

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