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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. WAWL-tər(English)
VAL-tehr(Swedish, Italian)
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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.
VariantsValter(Swedish) Valter(Norwegian) Valter(Danish) Gualtiero, Valter(Italian) Waldhar, Walther(Ancient Germanic)
DiminutivesWally, Walt, Wat(English)
Other Languages & CulturesValter(Croatian) Wouter, Wolter, Wout(Dutch) Valter(Estonian) Valtteri(Finnish) Gauthier, Gautier, Gaultier(French) Wate, Watse(Frisian) Guálter, Valter(Portuguese) Bhaltair, Bhàtair(Scottish) Valter(Slovene) Gutierre, Gualterio, Wálter(Spanish) Gwallter(Welsh)
Same SpellingWálter


Portrait of Sir Walter Scott (1822)Portrait of Sir Walter Scott (1822)

Sources & References

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


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