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What does Walter mean?

Walter /wal-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 13 variants: Gaultier, Gauthier, Gautier, Gualterio, Gualtiero, Valter, Valther, Walder, Wally, Walt, Walther, Wat and Watkins.

Affiliated boy names: Galt, Walden and Watt.

Walter has 1 feminine form: Waltrina.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Water, Wilter, ..

(female) Waltar, Walterri, ..

How popular is Walter?

Walter is a very prominent first name for men (#41 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#651 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Walter for boys. Walter reached its peak position of #11 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #337. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Walter and corresponding names. Harold (#828 in 2014), Watt, Walt, Wally, Valter and Walden are the prominent related forms of Walter (#337 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Walter were at the apex of their popularity 104 years ago (adoption of 2.53%) and are now significantly less popular (adoption 0.07%, 97% less), with forms like Walter becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

Similar Names


Walter is alike in pronunciation to Altaer and Alter. Other suggested similar names are Balder, Balfer, Baxter, Calder, Carter, Caster, Colter, Dalten, Galten, Galtero (see Gauthier), Halten (see Halton), Halver, Palmer, Wagner, Waite, Waldorf, Waldorp, Waleed, Walker, Waller, Walton, Warner, Wayte, Wilber, Wilder, Wilmer, Winter, Wister, Wyler and Wylmer. These names tend to be less commonly used than Walter.