Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. WAWL-tər(English)
VAL-tehr(Swedish, Italian)

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.

Related Names

VariantsValter(Swedish) 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, 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)
Same SpellingWálter



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

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Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 1507.

Entry updated May 29, 2020