in the U.S.
since 1880


  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Army Ruler
  • #91 All Time

How popular is the name "Walter" in the U.S.?

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YearTotal Babies BornGirls BornBoys BornRanking
18801,76381,755#13 boy name
18811,681111,670#13 boy name
18821,81271,805#13 boy name
18831,71051,705#13 boy name
18841,90971,902#13 boy name
18851,81571,808#13 boy name
18861,891111,880#13 boy name
18871,70501,705#13 boy name
18882,04552,040#13 boy name
18891,92591,916#13 boy name
18901,917121,905#13 boy name
18911,678101,668#13 boy name
18922,239102,229#13 boy name
18932,019152,004#13 boy name
18942,027172,010#13 boy name
18952,026112,015#13 boy name
18962,02692,017#13 boy name
18971,912171,895#12 boy name
18982,013112,002#13 boy name
18991,75561,749#12 boy name
19002,309112,298#12 boy name
19011,735171,718#12 boy name
19021,870121,858#12 boy name
19031,853131,840#12 boy name
19041,886131,873#12 boy name
19051,91191,902#12 boy name
19061,946121,934#12 boy name
19072,116212,095#12 boy name
19082,19862,192#12 boy name
19092,302152,287#12 boy name
19102,607112,596#13 boy name
19113,086123,074#12 boy name
19125,847395,808#11 boy name
19136,930406,890#11 boy name
19148,999378,962#10 boy name
191511,3125511,257#11 boy name
191611,8347411,760#11 boy name
191712,6587612,582#11 boy name
191813,4188013,338#11 boy name
191912,9466612,880#11 boy name
192013,3666913,297#13 boy name
192113,0737412,999#15 boy name
192212,7158312,632#15 boy name
192312,5147812,436#16 boy name
192412,7878612,701#16 boy name
192512,2279912,128#16 boy name
192611,8599211,767#17 boy name
192711,4389311,345#17 boy name
192810,7358910,646#18 boy name
19299,9571009,857#19 boy name
19309,806849,722#19 boy name
19319,005718,934#20 boy name
19328,736758,661#21 boy name
19337,813567,757#21 boy name
19348,146618,085#21 boy name
19357,871577,814#23 boy name
19367,574367,538#26 boy name
19377,532517,481#26 boy name
19387,597397,558#26 boy name
19397,369517,318#25 boy name
19407,762397,723#25 boy name
19417,783397,744#26 boy name
19428,722448,678#26 boy name
19439,084479,037#26 boy name
19448,205448,161#26 boy name
19457,602287,574#27 boy name
19468,706438,663#30 boy name
19479,247369,211#34 boy name
19488,659288,631#35 boy name
19498,330308,300#37 boy name
19507,827357,792#40 boy name
19518,060338,027#42 boy name
19527,938267,912#44 boy name
19537,527347,493#45 boy name
19547,511347,477#49 boy name
19557,328367,292#51 boy name
19567,049347,015#53 boy name
19576,736306,706#58 boy name
19586,345356,310#62 boy name
19596,155366,119#66 boy name
19605,794315,763#70 boy name
19615,491365,455#74 boy name
19625,318345,284#79 boy name
19635,096295,067#77 boy name
19644,863154,848#80 boy name
19654,507184,489#82 boy name
19664,076244,052#83 boy name
19673,835223,813#81 boy name
19683,620293,591#83 boy name
19693,598283,570#84 boy name
19703,617313,586#89 boy name
19713,385273,358#91 boy name
19722,944302,914#98 boy name

Want to know about the populiarty of Walter? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 620,664 babies born with the name Walter in the United States. That's more than enough Walters to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 1,763 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Walter" was in 1918 with a total of 13,338 babies. (That's a lot of baby Walters)

According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Walter" ranks #27 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 13 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1949. Across the entire United States a total of 8,330 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Walter popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Walter in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the south west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Walter" mean? The list below shows the origins of Walter as well as things modernly associated with the name Walter such as celebrities named Walter.


Origin and Meaning of Walter

The name "Walter" is of English origin, and it means "Army Ruler". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is an actor, producer, writer, and musician with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1980 to present. Bruce was born in 1955 as Walter Bruce Willis in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany.


Walt Disney

Walt Disney is a co-founder of the walt disney company with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1920 to 1966. Walt was born in 1901 as Walter Elias Disney in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.


Charles Dance

Charles Dance is an actor, screenwriter, and film director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1974 to present. Charles was born in 1946 as Walter Charles Dance in Redditch, Worcestershire, England.


Walter Payton

Walter Payton is a NFL player. Walter was born in 1954 in Columbia, Mississippi, U.S.


Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1948 to 2000. Walter was born in 1920 as Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York, U.S.


Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach is an actor/narrator with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1966 to present. Stacy was born in 1941 as Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. in Savannah, Georgia, U.S.


Alternative Meanings

W is for wonder, the child in us all.

A is for altruism, the unselfish you.

L is for life, that you live so well.

T is for teacher, you truly are.

E is for enjoy, your life can be fun!

R is for relish, you seek a challenge.

Your name in reverse order is "Retlaw". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Welrat". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Walter born May 17, 1932

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-West approximately on 1375. Your profession was preacher, publisher, and scribbler of ancient inscriptions.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

Name poster for Walter

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