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 the English courtier, poet and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618). It was also borne by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a Scottish novelist who wrote Ivanhoe and other notable works.
Other Languages & CulturesValter(Croatian) Wouter, Wolter, Wout(Dutch) Valter(Estonian) Valtteri(Finnish) Gauthier, Gautier, Gaultier(French) Wate, Watse(Frisian) Guálter, Wálter(Portuguese) Válter(Portuguese (Brazilian)) Bhaltair, Bhàtair(Scottish) Valter(Slovene) Gutierre, Gualterio, Wálter(Spanish) Gwallter(Welsh)
Surname DescendantsWalter, Walters, Walterson, Waterman, Waters(English) Walter, Welter, Wolter(German) Waltersson(Swedish)
Portrait of Sir Walter Scott (1822)
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Sources & References
- Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 1507.
Entry updated May 29, 2020