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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 "Boys Drop 2 Add 1 pick a favor that can't be dropped".

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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

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)