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Walter

First Name
627k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
48k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Walter

User Submitted Origins

German
66%
English
27%
African American
2%
Hebrew
2%
American
2%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from New Zealand says the name Walter means "Ruler of the army" and is of German origin.
  2. A user from Indonesia says the name Walter is of German origin and means "A resourceful gifter".
  3. A user from Alabama, U.S. says the name Walter means "GIFT OF GOD".
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International Interest
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Wal"ter
To roll or wallow; to welter.

Etymology: See Welter

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. German conductor (1876-1962)
Wiktionary

Germanic name, from Old Northern French Waltier, from Frankish *Waltheri (compare Old High German Waltheri), from Proto-Germanic *waldą (“ruler”) + *harjaz (“army, host”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (“be strong”) + *ker- (“army”). Related to Old English Waldhere. Compare herald and Harold, which have these elements reversed.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.

Walter was also found in the following language(s): German, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Walter

Notable Persons Named Walter

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was a co-founder of the walt disney company, the walt disney company, and co-founder ofthe walt disney company. His most notable accomplishments were from 1920 to 1966. Walt was given the name Walter Elias Disney by his parents Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney on December 5th, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He died on December 15th, 1966.

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Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is an actor, producer, and singer. His ongoing career started in 1980. Bruce was given the name Walter Bruce Willison on March 19th, 1955 in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Bruce is also known as W. B. Willis and Walter Willis.

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Walter Mondale

Walter Mondale is a 42nd Vice President of the United States, 24th United States Ambassador to Japan, and 23rd Attorney General of Minnesota. His military service ended in 1953. Walter was born on January 5th, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota.

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Charles Dance

Charles Dance is an actor, screenwriter, and film director. He was most prominent from 1974 to present. Charles was given the name Walter Charles Dance on October 10th, 1946 in Redditch.

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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was a writer. He holds the title America". Walt was given the name Walter Whitman on May 31st, 1819 in West Hills, Huntington, Long Island, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 26th, 1892.

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Walter O'Brien

Walter O'Brien is a ceo of scorpion computer services, chief executive officer, and ceoof scorpion computer services. Walter was born on February 24th, 1975 in County Wexford, Ireland.

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  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    Writer
  • Walter Matthau
    Actor
  • Stacy Keach
    Actor/narrator
  • Walter Cronkite
    Television
  • Walter Koenig
    Actor
  • Walter Mazzarri
    Soccer Player
  • Walter Zenga
    Soccer Player
  • Walter H.G. Lewin
    Scientist
  • Walter Brennan
    Actor
  • W. Kamau Bell
  • Walter Gropius
    Architect
  • Walter Emanuel Jones
    Actor
  • Walter Lippmann
    Writer
  • Walter Ulbricht
    President

Notable Persons With the Last Name Walter

Notable Persons With the Last Name Walter

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1962. Jessica was born on January 31st, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden was an actor, author, sailor, model, marine, oss agent, united states marine corps, and office of strategic services. His ongoing career started in 1941. Sterling was given the name Sterling Relyea Walter on March 26th, 1916 in Montclair, New Jersey, United States. Sterling is also known as Sterling Walter Hayden and John Hamilton. He died on May 23rd, 1986.

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Dame Harriet Walter

Dame Harriet Walter is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1974 to present. Dame was given the name Harriet Mary Walter on September 24th, 1950 in London, England, UK.

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Little Walter

Little Walter was a blues, chicago blues, and rhythm musician. He was most active from 1945 to 1968. Little was given the name Marion Walter Jacobs on May 1st, 1930 in Marksville, Louisiana, United States. He breathed his last breath on February 15th, 1968.

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Lisa Ann Walter

Lisa Ann Walter is an actress, comedian, producer, and writer. She was most prominent from 1995 to present. Lisa was born on August 3rd, 1963 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

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Tracey Walter

Tracey Walter is an actor. He was most active from 1971 to 1971. Tracey was born on November 25th, 1947 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

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Common last names for Walter

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Scott
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Nelson

Common first names for Walter

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • George
  • Charles
  • Joseph
  • James
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Anna
  • Frank
  • Dorothy
  • Elizabeth
  • Ruth
  • Harry
  • Edward
  • Paul
  • Donald

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Walter U.S.
  White 88.57% 64.26%
  African American 6.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.94% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Walter

People with the last name Walter are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Walter

  • What name lists does Walter rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Walter? Walter is the 92nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Walter was the 727th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Walter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 627,035 babies born with the first name Walter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Walter to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Walter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,763 new born babies.
  • When was Walter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Walter is Wednesday, February 1st, 1809.
  • What year had the most people named Walter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Walter was in 1918 with a total of 13,338 babies. That's a lot of babies named Walter!
  • Random Walter Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Walter ranks 25th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 130 babies in Arkansas have the same name in 1930.
  • Weird things about the name Walter: The name spelled backwards is Retlaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Erltaw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Walter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 48,024 people with the last name Walter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Walter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Walter as their last name.
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