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Meaning and name origin

Walter \wa(l)-ter\ as a boy's name is pronounced WAL-ter. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Walter is "army ruler". From an Old French personal name of Germanic origin, formed from wald "rule" and heri "army", which are the same as the elements of Harold. Norman name that was brought to Britain, replacing the original Old English form Wealdhere, and has been used rather steadily for the last 900 years. Cartoonist Walt Disney; poet Wealdhere 4; journalist Walter Cronkite; actors Walter Brennan, Walter Matthau.

Walter has 13 variant forms: Gaultier, Gauthier, Gautier, Gualterio, Gualtiero, Valter, Valther, Walder, Wally, Walt, Walther, Wat and Watkins.

For more information, see also related boy names Galt, Walden and Watt.

There is 1 feminine form of Walter: Waltrina.


Walter is a very popular first name for males (#41 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#655 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Walter for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Walter name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Walter and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Walter (#337), Harold (#828), Watt, Valter and Wally. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Walter, Harold, Watt, Wally in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Walter is also pronounced similarly to Alter. Other suggested similar baby names are Walker, Waller and Wilder. These names tend to be less commonly used than Walter.