Given Name WALTER

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: WAWL-tər (English), VAL-tu (German), VAL-ter (Polish, Italian)   [details]

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.

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VARIANTS: Valter (Swedish), Valter (Norwegian), Valter (Danish), Gualtiero, Valter (Italian), Waldhar, Walther (Ancient Germanic)
DIMINUTIVES: Wally, Walt, Wat (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Valter (Croatian), Wouter, Wolter (Dutch), Valter (Estonian), Valtteri (Finnish), Gauthier, Gautier, Gaultier (French), Wate, Watse (Frisian), Guálter, Valter (Portuguese), Bhaltair, Bhàtair (Scottish), Valter (Slovene), Gutierre, Gualterio (Spanish), Gwallter (Welsh)
  United States
2016
  Canada (BC)
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2015
  Czech Republic
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2014
  England and Wales
2016
  France
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2015
  Italy
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2015
  Switzerland
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2013

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 1507