Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

Originally a short form of Germanic names containing the Old Frankish element wald, Old High German walt meaning "power, authority" (Proto-Germanic *waldaz). This was the name of an 8th-century abbot of Reichenau. It was also borne by the 12th-century French merchant Peter Waldo, who founded the religious order of the Waldensians.

Related Names

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Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 1499.
Entry updated December 7, 2022