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Gender: Male Meaning of Walter: "army ruler" Origin of Walter: German Walter's Popularity in 2017: #265

The name Walter is a boy's name of German origin meaning "army ruler". Walter is ranked #265 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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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Famous People Named Walter

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney, American film producer and icon
Walter "Walt" Whitman, American poet
Walter Leland Cronkite, American journalist
Walter Inglis Anderson, American painter
Walter Benjamin, German social and cultural theorist
Walter Perry Johnson, American baseball pitcher
Walter Chauncey Camp, American football player and coach
Walter Kirn, American novelist
Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States
(Walter) Bruce Willis, American actor
Sir Walter Raleigh, English explorer
Walter Benjamin Lantz, American creator of Woody Woodpecker
Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist
Walter Matthau (born Walter John Matthow), American actor
Walter Kohn, Austrian-American theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner
(Lionel) Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, British MP and zoologist
Walter Adolph Georg Gropius, German founder of Bauhaus architecture
Walter Heinrich Heitler, German physicist
Walter Hermann Schottky, German physicist
Walter "Wally" Schirra, American astronaut
Walter Grauman, American TV, film, and stage director
Walter Payton, former American football player
Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Professional Bowler and Horseshoe Pitcher
Walter "Walt" Flanagan, actor and star of AMC's Comic Book Men
Walter Liberace, American entertainer and pianist

Pop Culture References for the name Walter

Walter White Sr. and Jr., characters on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Walter Sherman, character on TV show "The Finder"
Walter Bishop, character on TV's 'Fringe'
Walter Mitty, main character in book/film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
Walter Blythe, son of Anne and Gilbert Blythe in the "Anne of Green Gables" series
Walter Sullivan, character in the game "Silent Hill 4: The Room"
Walter Sobchak, character in movie "The Big Lebowski"
Walter William Clark, NYPD homicide detective in "Golden Boy"
Walter Skinner, character on "X-Files"
Walter, Muppet character
Walter, character in the film "Secondhand Lions"
Walter Neff, main character in film noir 'Double Indemnity' (1944)
Walter, character in film Zathura
Walter Dinsmore, Elsie Dinsmore's uncle in Elsie Dinsmore series
Walter Davenant, main character in G. A. Henty's, Orange and Green
Walter Travilla, Elsie Dinsmore Travilla's son in the Elsie Dinsmore series
Walter Somers, main character in G. A. Henty's, St. George for England
Walter "Walt" Lloyd, character from TV's LOST
Walter Steele, character in DC Universe
Walter Mabry, character in the movie "Now You See Me 2"
Walter Nelson, character in the film "Minions"
Walter, character from "On the Road"
Walter O'Brien, character in CBS show 'Scorpion'
Waltolomew "Walter" Strickler, character in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"
Walter Lee Younger, character in Lorraine Hansberry's Play "A Raisin in the Sun"

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, Walton, Walli, Walten, Walther, Waltili (German) Vovka, Dima, Volya, Dimka, Vladimir (Russian) Landislaus (Polish) Gwallter (Welsh)


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.