Gender: Male Meaning of Walter: "army ruler" Origin of Walter: German Walter's Popularity in 2018: #271

Walter Origin and Meaning

The name Walter is a boy's name of German origin meaning "army ruler".

Walter was seen as a noble name in the Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Walter Scott era, but it then spent decades in baby name limbo. Now quite a few independent-minded parents are looking at it as a renewable, slightly quirky, classic, stronger and more distinctive than James or John, second only to William among the handsome classic boy baby names starting with W. The recent popularity of Breaking Bad has brought us Walter White, conferring on the name Walter a new kind of cool and prompting a fresh wave of popularity.

A favorite Norman name, Walter was extremely popular in medieval England (when it was pronounced "Water"), and in this country from the 1870s through the 1940s. Plus there are all those great Walters and Walts to consider, from Whitman to Disney to Cronkite to Mondale to Payton to Matthau. And then there's the ultimate fantasizer Walter Mitty, not to mention (Walter) Bruce Willis. Recently, actor Rainn Wilson named his son Walter.

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Rank in US: #271

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Pop Culture References for the name Walter

Walten, Walt

Walter's International Variations

Bhaltair (Scottish Gaelic) Gutierre, Gualterio (Spanish) Woulter, Wolter, Valter (Scandinavian) Waltr, Valtr, Vladko (Czech) Gautier, Gauther (French) Wouter, Weit (Dutch) Gualtiero (Italian) Waldemar (Lithuanian) Walder, (German)


Kimbie Says:


Grandpa name.

Jenn Winchester Says:


This was one of those names I never thought of, or would consider, until I recently met a 2 year old named Walter, and nearly peeled over in love and cuteness, while I thought to myself, how perfect.

NameLover 11 Says:


I love this name.

Marin1984 Says:


Gosh, I am kind of obsessing over Walter. I also love other old fashioned names like Theodore (Teddy/Theo), Henry (Hank), Francis (Frankie), but I think I am adding Walter (Walt) to the list. Sounds so refined and Walt super cool. Loving it!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like this, but references in the comments to Wally as a nickname put me off somewhat. Walt is nice, though.

Toronto87 Says:


I think of the character Walter from Anne of Green Gables. He was one of Anne's sons and is one of my favourite characters in the series of books. Good associations!

KM Says:


I'm loving Walter. It sounds so refined and strong, and would be such a refresing choice for an adorable little boy amongst all the same same these days (despite people thinking they are original).

iamkasia Says:


LOL Kelly. My second son is also Walter, nn Walt. And I dress him and his older brother Henry in smocked boys clothing and bowties and people DO swoon with their names when outfitted up! He's now only 6 months but just a little Waltie nugget. We love him and his name!

Kelly Says:


This is my son's name. We also call him Walt or Walty. We receive a lot of nice compliments (with some strange looks mixed in there, too!). I love the dual sides of the name-- strong and masculine mixed with romantic dreamer. My family really discouraged the name before Walt was born, but throw a bow tie on the kid and people swoon.

grace147 Says:


I love how its vintage and you could nickname the boy "Walt" to add a hint of disney. Super cute.

headintheclouds Says:


I love Walter; it's a vintage classic, rather wistfully romantic while also being buttoned-up proper name. I think a Walter would be of strong moral fibre and just be a really wonderful person, so that's a great image to have. Walt or Wally are cute nicknames, though I'd prefer to go with just Walter.

clairelaliberte Says:


Grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and cousin are named this. Two went by Walter, one by Wally, and one by Wheaty.

nielseel Says:


My son's name is Walter. As a child we felt Wally would have a bit of whimsy. Also we like the name Walt as he grows up. Feels strong and handsome. I can say it wasn't received as well as we would like however, as many feel Walter a bit heavy for a baby. I dont think they consider his nn's though at the time

Kisa Says:


It like this name for the nickname Walt.. Which is a very strong name in my opinion.

eveyalecia Says:


I've really liked Walter since Josh Hutcherson's character in Zathura, and also Haley Joel Osment's character in Secondhand Lions. It's really cute to me, but also sophisticated and will age well, I think.

lesliemarion Says:


Walter is a beautiful name. It sounds beautiful to me and looks beautiful.