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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 "commander of the army". Norman name that was brought to Britain and has been used rather steadily for the last 900 years. Cartoonist Walt Disney; poet Walt Whitman; journalist Walter Cronkite; actors Walter Brennan, Walter Matthau.
There is 1 feminine form of Walter: Waltrina.
Walter is a very popular first name for males (#41 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#655 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Walter for boys (2014 statistics).
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