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Gender: M Meaning of Waldo: "to rule" Origin of Waldo: German, pet form of names such as Waldemar

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Its jaunty o-ending makes this name more appealing than most of its Germanic brothers, and we hope we're beyond the constant response to his name being "Where's Waldo?" The weighty reputation of writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson adds a measure of backbone to the name.

In tribute to Ralph Waldo, many babies were given those two names, including Ralph (Waldo) Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

In popular culture, the young Robert Redford played the dashing titular character in "The Great Waldo Pepper," and Waldo Lydecker was a key character in the haunting classic film "Laura."

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Famous People Named Waldo

Waldo Semon, American inventor

Pop Culture References for the Name Waldo

Where's Waldo?, children's books