Meaning and Origin
What does the name Walter mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- A submission from New Zealand says the name Walter means "Ruler of the army" and is of German origin.
- A user from Indonesia says the name Walter is of German origin and means "A resourceful gifter".
- A user from Alabama, U.S. says the name Walter means "GIFT OF GOD".
Etymology: See Welter
- German conductor (1876-1962)
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.
- A male given name from the Germanic languages.
Walter was also found in the following language(s): German, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish