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Contributor Contrib.schwartz93 on 1/9/2011
Meaning is unknown. It is possibly related to BALDO, which means "bold, brave", or VALTO, which means "to rule with greatness". A famous bearer of this name is Balto, a Siberian Husky that led a dog sled team that helped transport diphtheria antitoxin from Nenana, Alaska to Nome, Alaska. An animated/live-action film has been made based loosely on Balto's story. He was commemorated by a statue, which can be found in Central Park in New York City, New York. Balto was named after the Norwegian-Sami explorer, Samuel Balto.