Meaning and Name Origin
Walter \wa(l)-ter\ as a boys' 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 19 more different forms via Harold: Araldo, Aralt, Aroldo, Arry, Garald, Garold, Hal▼, Harald, Haralds, Harolda, Haroldo, Harrell, Harry▼, Heraldo, Herlad, Herold, Herrick, Herrold and Herryck.
Walter has 1 feminine form: Waltrina.
Walter is a very prominent first name for men (#41 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#655 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Walter for boys. Walter reached its peak position of #10 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is presently at #337. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Walter and corresponding names. Harry (#714 in 2014), Harold (#828), Watt, Hal, Valter, Garold and Wally are the prominent related forms of Walter (#337 in 2014). These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 and are now significantly less popular, with the forms Harry, Harold, Wally, Hal and Walter becoming somewhat outmoded. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)