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What does Wallace mean?

Wallace Pronunciation of Wallace [wal-lace] as a boys' name is pronounced WAL-iss. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Wallace is "Welshman". From "waleis". Originally a Scottish surname which refers to foreigners from the south. Popular as a given name in the 19th century. Sir William Wallace was a 13th-century Scottish patriot who struggled in vain against the English King Edward I. Poet Wallace Stevens; actor Wallace Beery.

Associated with: scottish, surname, popular (famous), 19th century, king.


Wallace has 8 variants: Wallach, Wallas, Wallie, Wallis, Wally, Walsh, Welch and Welsh.

1 feminine form: Wallis.

Creative forms:
(male) Warlace, Wellace, ..

(female) Walla, Wallala, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wallace Dovid (W.D.), ..

How popular is Wallace?

Wallace is a very popular first name for males (#264 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#113 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Wallace reached its apex position of #92 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #1201 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Wallace (#1201 from current records) are Wallie and Wally. These forms of Wallace reached the top of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.19%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.01%, down 95.8%), with the version Wallace becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wallace, Wallie, Wally in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Wallace is alike in pronunciation to Ellice and Ellyce. Other recommended names are Callice, Wallcot, Waller, Waylan, Wayland, Willard, Willie and Willkie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wallace.