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

The name Waldo is a boy's name of German origin meaning "to rule". Waldo and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A Duggarlike Game: With a twist!".

From the experts:

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 Lonsbury Semon, American inventor
Waldo of Reichenau, Frankish abbot and bishop
Waldo Porter Johnson, U.S. Senator from Missouri
Waldo David Frank, American novelist
Waldo de los Ríos, Argentine composer
Waldo Miller Salt, American screenwriter
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author
Ralph Waldo Ellison, American novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Waldo

"Where's Waldo?" children's book series by Martin Handford
Waldo Faldo, character on TV's "Family Matters"
Waldo Farthingwaite-Jones, title character in "Waldo" by Robert A. Heinlein
"The Great Waldo Pepper," film and its main character
Waldo Schaeffer aka Franz Hopper, character on French animated series "Code Lyoko"
Uncle Waldo, drunken goose in Disney's "The Aristocats"
Waldo "Dustin" Brooks, Yellow Ranger in "Power Rangers: Ninja Storm"