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What does Walter mean?

Walter Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: army (warrior), old, norman, britain (england).


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.

1 feminine form: Waltrina.

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

(female) Walhel, Waltar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Walter Hamza (W.H.), ..

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)

Walter reached its peak position of #11 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #308. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Harold (#810 in 2015), Watt, Walt, Wally, Valter and Walden are the prominent related forms of Walter (#308 in 2015) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Walter were at the apex of their popularity 105 years ago (adoption of 2.53%) and are now significantly less popular (adoption 0.08%, 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.

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