Walter
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Given Name WALTER
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: WAWL-tər (English), VAHL-ter (German, Polish, Italian)   [key]
Meaning & History
From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the army", composed of the elements wald "rule" and hari "army". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Wealdhere. A famous bearer of the name was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a Scottish novelist who wrote 'Ivanhoe' and other notable works.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Valter (Swedish), Valter (Norwegian), Valter (Danish), Gualtiero, Valter (Italian), Waldhar, Walther (Ancient Germanic)
DIMINUTIVES: Wally, Walt, Wat (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Valter (Croatian), Wouter, Wolter (Dutch), Valter (Estonian), Valtteri (Finnish), Gauthier, Gautier, Gaultier (French), Wate, Watse (Frisian), Guálter, Valter (Portuguese), Bhaltair, Bhàtair (Scottish), Valter (Slovene), Gualterio (Spanish), Gwallter (Welsh)
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