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

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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Barbie_Dahl Says:


Nah, he’d be too easy to find

Daiseymae Says:


Just no!

Waldo Jaquith Says:



Zelliew Says:


Waldo the Walrus

JessicaRK467 Says:


A really big fan of Where's Waldo?!? Awww...he'd be tall and lanky with black glasses like in the books. Those books were awesome when I was little. I definitely would not use the name Waldo though!

Fallon Breck Says:


Who in their right mind would name their child Waldo!!!!?????