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Wallace

First Name
82k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
197k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wallace mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wallace

User Submitted Origins

Scottish
62%
English
30%
German
4%
Irish
4%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Oregon, U.S. says the name Wallace means "Foreigner, welshman" and is of English origin.
  2. A submission from Minnesota, U.S. says the name Wallace means "Wallace is a Scottish surname stemmed from the Anglo-Norman French Waleis 'Welshman'. ... It originates from Old Low Franconian *Walhisk meaning 'foreigner', 'Celt', 'Roman' which is a cognate of Old English wylisc (pronounced 'wullish') meaning 'foreigner' or 'Welshman' (see also Wallach and Walhaz)" and is of Scottish origin.
  3. A submission from Oregon, U.S. says the name Wallace means "A person from Wales. In Gaelic" and is of Scottish origin.
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  1. English naturalist who formulated a concept of evolution that resembled Charles Darwin's (1823-1913)
  2. English writer noted for his crime novels (1875-1932)
  3. Scottish insurgent who led the resistance to Edward I; in 1297 he gained control of Scotland briefly until Edward invaded Scotland again and defeated Wallace and subsequently executed him (1270-1305)
Wiktionary

An Old English byname for a Welshman or Breton, from Anglo-Norman waleis (“foreign”).

  1. A Scottish surname​, notably of the Scottish patriot William Wallace.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, of 19th century and later usage.
  3. A town in Victoria, Australia.
  4. A locale in Canada.
    1. A community in Nova Scotia; named for William Wallace.
    2. A community in Ontario.
  5. A locale in the United States.
    1. A town in North Carolina.
    2. A census-designated place in South Carolina.
    3. A city, the county seat of Shoshone County, Idaho; named for founder Col. William R. Wallace.
    4. A census-designated place in Louisiana.
    5. A census-designated place in Calaveras County, California; named for surveyor John Wallace.
    6. A village in Nebraska.
    7. A town in Indiana; named for Indiana governor David Wallace.
    8. A town in South Dakota; named for the original owner of the town site.
    9. A city in Kansas; named for the nearby Fort Wallace.
    10. An unincorporated community in Missouri; named for a railroad official.

Notable Persons Named Wallace

Notable Persons Named Wallace

Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West

Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West is a comics character.

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Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn is an actor, voice actor, playwright, and essayist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Wallace was given the name Wallace Michael Shawn by his parent William Shawn on November 12th, 1943 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Wallace Huo

His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to 2002. Wallace was born on December 26th, 1979 in Taipei. Wallace is also known as Huohuo, Huage, White Tofu, and Eyelash King.

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Wallace Henry Hartley

Wallace Henry Hartley was a violinist and bandleader. Wallace was born Wallace Henry Hartley on June 2nd, 1878 in Colne, Lancashire, England. He passed away on April 15th, 1912.

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Wallace Fard

Wallace Fard is an office holder.

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Wallace Beery

Wallace Beery was an actor, singer, director, and film director. He was most active from 1913 to 1949. Wallace was given the name Wallace Fitzgerald Beery on April 1st, 1885 in Clay County, Missouri, U.S. He passed away on April 15th, 1949.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wallace

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wallace

The Notorious B.I.G

The Notorious B.I.G was a rapping and rapper. He holds the title Only You " and Niggas Bleed". His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 1991. The was given the name Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21st, 1972. He passed away on March 9th, 1997.

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Sir William Wallace

Sir William Wallace was a commander in the scottish wars of independence, wars of scottish independence, and commander in thescottish wars of independence. William was born in 1270 in Elderslie. He passed away on August 23rd, 1305.

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David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace was a literary fiction and non-fiction writer. He was most prominent from 1987 to 2008. David was born on February 21st, 1962 in Ithaca, New York. He died on September 12th, 2008.

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George Wallace

George Wallace was an office holder. His military service ended in 1945. George was born on August 25th, 1919 in Clio, Alabama, U.S. He left this life on September 13th, 1998.

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Henry A. Wallace

Henry A. Wallace was an office holder. Henry was born on October 7th, 1888 in Orient, Iowa. He died on November 18th, 1965.

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Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace was a scientist in the fields of exploration, evolutionary biology, zoology, and biogeography. Alfred was born on January 8th, 1823 in Llanbadoc, Monmouthshire, Wales. He passed away on November 7th, 1913.

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  • Ben Wallace
    Basketball Player
  • Chris Wallace
    Host of Fox News Sunday
  • Rasheed Wallace
    Basketball Player
  • Marcia Wallace
    Actress
  • Mike Wallace
    Journalist
  • Dee Wallace
    Actress
  • Ruby Dee
    Actress
  • Lew Wallace
    11th Governor of New Mexico Territory
  • Gerald Wallace
    Basketball Player
  • Gregg Wallace
    Broadcaster
  • Poison Ivy
    Musician
  • Edgar Wallace
    Crime Writer
  • Mark Wallace
    Ceo of United Against Nuclear Iran
  • Bill Wallace
    Martial Artist

Common last names for Wallace

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • White
  • Walker
  • Campbell
  • Jackson
  • Hall

Common first names for Wallace

  • William
  • James
  • John
  • Robert
  • Mary
  • Charles
  • George
  • Margaret
  • Thomas
  • Helen
  • Dorothy
  • Joseph
  • Richard
  • Edward
  • Ruth
  • Frank
  • David
  • Willie
  • Elizabeth
  • Henry

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wallace U.S.
  White 69.24% 64.26%
  African American 24.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wallace

People with the last name Wallace are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wallace

  • What name lists does Wallace rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wallace? Wallace is the 744th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wallace was the 123rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wallace have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 82,390 babies born with the first name Wallace in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wallace to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wallace? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 91 new born babies.
  • When was Wallace first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wallace is Thursday, December 28th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Wallace born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wallace was in 1923 with a total of 2,804 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wallace!
  • Random Wallace Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wallace ranks 56th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 37 babies in North Dakota have the same name in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Wallace: The name spelled backwards is Ecallaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Allcwae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wallace? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 197,276 people with the last name Wallace.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wallace? Wallace was ranked as the 123rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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