Waldo name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Waldo

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From the Robert A. Heinlein story Waldo, published in Astounding in 1940, derived from the name of the eponymous protagonist, Waldo F. Jones, who invented remote manipulators to overcome his own myasthenia gravis.

  1. A remote manipulation system in which a slave device mimics the motions of a master device manipulated directly by the operator.

Notable Persons Named Waldo

Notable Persons Named Waldo

Brian Donlevy

Brian Donlevy was an actor. He was most prominent from 1924 to 1969. Brian was given the name Waldo Brian Donlevy on February 9th, 1901 in Cleveland. He passed away on April 5th, 1972.

Waldo Salt

Waldo Salt was a screenwriter. His career lasted from 1937 to 1978. Waldo was given the name Waldo Miller Salt on October 18th, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Waldo is also known as Arthur Behrstock, M.L. Davenport, and Mel Davenport. He died on March 7th, 1987.

Waldo Von Erich

Waldo Von Erich was a wrestler. Waldo was born on October 2nd, 1933 in Toronto. He died on July 5th, 2009.

Waldo Weatherbee

Waldo Weatherbee is a riverdale high school principal and riverdale (archie comics).

Waldo Peirce

Waldo Peirce was an artist in the field of painting. Waldo was born on December 17th, 1884 in Bangor, Maine, U.S. He passed away on March 18th, 1970.

Waldo de los Ríos

Waldo de los Ríos was a film score composer. Waldo was born on September 7th, 1934 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He breathed his last breath on March 28th, 1977.

  • Waldo David Frank
  • Waldo Ponce
    Soccer Player
  • Waldo Johnson
    From Missouri
  • Waldo Waldman
  • Waldo Emerson Bailey
  • Waldo Colburn
    Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Waldo

Notable Persons With the Last Name Waldo

Janet Waldo

Janet Waldo is an actress and voice actress. Her career lasted from 1938 to 2012. Janet was given the name Janet Marie Waldo on February 4th, 1920 in Yakima, Washington, U.S.

Theodore Sturgeon

Theodore Sturgeon was a science fiction, horror, mystery, western novels and short fiction, horror fiction, mystery fiction, western fiction, and short story fiction writer, critic, and literary criticism. His most notable accomplishments were from 1938 to 1985. Theodore was given the name Edward Hamilton Waldo on February 26th, 1918 in Staten Island, New York, United States. He died on May 8th, 1985.

Peter Waldo

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Waldo is a soccer player for the Madureira Esporte Clube, Fluminense FC, Valencia CF, Hércules CF, and Brazil national football team. Waldo was born on September 9th, 1934 in Niterói, Brazil. Waldo is also known as Waldo.

Rhinelander Waldo

Rhinelander Waldo was a New York City Fire Commissioner and New York City Police Commissioner. Rhinelander was born on May 24th, 1877 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on August 13th, 1927.

Carolyn Waldo

Carolyn Waldo is a swimmer. Carolyn was born on December 11th, 1964 in Montreal, Canada.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Waldo U.S.
  White 83.34% 64.26%
  African American 7.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.79% 16.26%

Of Last Name Waldo

People with the last name Waldo are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Waldo

  • How Popular is the name Waldo? Waldo is the 3,575th most popular name of all time. As a last name Waldo was the 7,120th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Waldo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,701 babies born with the first name Waldo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Waldo to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Waldo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Waldo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Waldo is Sunday, August 22nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Waldo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Waldo was in 1915 with a total of 174 babies.
  • Random Waldo Factoid: According to the 1913 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Waldo ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 5 babies in Arizona have the same name in 1913.
  • Weird things about the name Waldo: The name spelled backwards is Odlaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Adwol. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Waldo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,699 people with the last name Waldo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Waldo? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Waldo as their last name.
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