German, pet form of names such as Waldemar
"to rule"

Waldo Origin and Meaning

The name Waldo is a boy's name of German origin meaning "to rule".

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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Waldo Popularity

Famous People Named Waldo

  • Waldo Lonsbury SemonAmerican inventor
  • Waldo of ReichenauFrankish abbot and bishop
  • Waldo Porter JohnsonU.S. Senator from Missouri
  • Waldo David FrankAmerican novelist
  • Waldo de los RíosArgentine composer
  • Waldo Miller SaltAmerican screenwriter
  • Ralph Waldo EmersonAmerican author
  • Ralph Waldo EllisonAmerican novelist

Waldo in Pop Culture

  • "Where's Waldo?" children's book series by Martin Handford
  • Waldo Faldocharacter on TV's "Family Matters" full name is Waldo Geraldo Faldo
  • Waldo FarthingwaiteJones, title character in "Waldo" by Robert A. Heinlein
  • "The Great Waldo Pepper" film and its main character
  • Waldo Schaeffer aka Franz Hoppercharacter on French animated series "Code Lyoko"
  • Uncle Waldodrunken goose in Disney's "The Aristocats"
  • Waldo "Dustin" BrooksYellow Ranger in "Power Rangers: Ninja Storm"
  • "The Waldo Moment"episode of TV show Black Mirror