Walter

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623k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Walter

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Wal"ter
To roll or wallow; to welter.

Etymology: See Welter

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. German conductor (1876-1962)
Wiktionary

Germanic name, from Old Northern French Waltier, from Proto-Germanic *waldą (“ruler”) (from Proto-Indo-European *wal- (“be strong”)) + *harjaz (“army, host”). Related to Old English Waldhere.

  1. A male given name.

Walter was also found in the following language(s): German, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Walter

Walt Disney was a co-founder of the walt disney company, the walt disney company, and co-founder ofthe walt disney company. His most notable accomplishments were from 1920 to 1966. Walt was given the name Walter Elias Disney by his parents Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney on December 5th, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He died on December 15th, 1966.

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Bruce Willis is an actor, producer, and singer. His ongoing career started in 1980. Bruce was given the name Walter Bruce Willison on March 19th, 1955 in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Bruce is also known as W. B. Willis and Walter Willis.

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Walter Mondale is a 42nd Vice President of the United States, 24th United States Ambassador to Japan, and 23rd Attorney General of Minnesota. His military service ended in 1953. Walter was born on January 5th, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota.

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Charles Dance is an actor, screenwriter, and film director. He was most prominent from 1974 to present. Charles was given the name Walter Charles Dance on October 10th, 1946 in Redditch.

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Walt Whitman was a writer. He holds the title America". Walt was given the name Walter Whitman on May 31st, 1819 in West Hills, Huntington, Long Island, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 26th, 1892.

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Walter O'Brien is a ceo of scorpion computer services, chief executive officer, and ceoof scorpion computer services. Walter was born on February 24th, 1975 in County Wexford, Ireland.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Walter

Jessica Walter is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1962. Jessica was born on January 31st, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Sterling Hayden was an actor, author, sailor, model, marine, oss agent, united states marine corps, and office of strategic services. His ongoing career started in 1941. Sterling was given the name Sterling Relyea Walter on March 26th, 1916 in Montclair, New Jersey, United States. Sterling is also known as Sterling Walter Hayden and John Hamilton. He died on May 23rd, 1986.

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Dame Harriet Walter is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1974 to present. Dame was given the name Harriet Mary Walter on September 24th, 1950 in London, England, UK.

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Little Walter was a blues, chicago blues, and rhythm musician. He was most active from 1945 to 1968. Little was given the name Marion Walter Jacobs on May 1st, 1930 in Marksville, Louisiana, United States. He breathed his last breath on February 15th, 1968.

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Lisa Ann Walter is an actress, comedian, producer, and writer. She was most prominent from 1995 to present. Lisa was born on August 3rd, 1963 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.

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Tracey Walter is an actor. He was most active from 1971 to 1971. Tracey was born on November 25th, 1947 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,763 8 1,755 #13 boy name
1881 1,681 11 1,670 #13 boy name
1882 1,812 7 1,805 #13 boy name
1883 1,710 5 1,705 #13 boy name
1884 1,909 7 1,902 #13 boy name
1885 1,815 7 1,808 #13 boy name
1886 1,891 11 1,880 #13 boy name
1887 1,705 0 1,705 #13 boy name
1888 2,045 5 2,040 #13 boy name
1889 1,925 9 1,916 #13 boy name
1890 1,917 12 1,905 #13 boy name
1891 1,678 10 1,668 #13 boy name
1892 2,239 10 2,229 #13 boy name
1893 2,019 15 2,004 #13 boy name
1894 2,027 17 2,010 #13 boy name
1895 2,026 11 2,015 #13 boy name
1896 2,026 9 2,017 #13 boy name
1897 1,912 17 1,895 #12 boy name
1898 2,013 11 2,002 #13 boy name
1899 1,755 6 1,749 #12 boy name
1900 2,309 11 2,298 #12 boy name
1901 1,735 17 1,718 #12 boy name
1902 1,870 12 1,858 #12 boy name
1903 1,853 13 1,840 #12 boy name
1904 1,886 13 1,873 #12 boy name
1905 1,911 9 1,902 #12 boy name
1906 1,946 12 1,934 #12 boy name
1907 2,116 21 2,095 #12 boy name
1908 2,198 6 2,192 #12 boy name
1909 2,302 15 2,287 #12 boy name
1910 2,607 11 2,596 #13 boy name
1911 3,086 12 3,074 #12 boy name
1912 5,847 39 5,808 #11 boy name
1913 6,930 40 6,890 #11 boy name
1914 8,999 37 8,962 #10 boy name
1915 11,311 55 11,256 #11 boy name
1916 11,834 74 11,760 #11 boy name
1917 12,658 76 12,582 #11 boy name
1918 13,418 80 13,338 #11 boy name
1919 12,946 66 12,880 #11 boy name
1920 13,364 69 13,295 #13 boy name
1921 13,077 74 13,003 #15 boy name
1922 12,715 83 12,632 #15 boy name
1923 12,512 78 12,434 #16 boy name
1924 12,784 86 12,698 #16 boy name
1925 12,231 100 12,131 #16 boy name
1926 11,862 92 11,770 #17 boy name
1927 11,439 93 11,346 #17 boy name
1928 10,738 89 10,649 #18 boy name
1929 9,954 100 9,854 #19 boy name
1930 9,809 84 9,725 #19 boy name
1931 9,013 71 8,942 #20 boy name
1932 8,736 75 8,661 #21 boy name
1933 7,813 56 7,757 #21 boy name
1934 8,149 61 8,088 #21 boy name
1935 7,872 57 7,815 #23 boy name
1936 7,575 36 7,539 #26 boy name
1937 7,533 51 7,482 #26 boy name
1938 7,599 39 7,560 #26 boy name
1939 7,370 51 7,319 #25 boy name
1940 7,762 39 7,723 #25 boy name
1941 7,786 39 7,747 #26 boy name
1942 8,722 44 8,678 #26 boy name
1943 9,084 47 9,037 #26 boy name
1944 8,205 44 8,161 #26 boy name
1945 7,602 28 7,574 #27 boy name
1946 8,706 43 8,663 #30 boy name
1947 9,249 36 9,213 #34 boy name
1948 8,654 28 8,626 #35 boy name
1949 8,328 30 8,298 #37 boy name
1950 7,829 35 7,794 #40 boy name
1951 8,072 33 8,039 #42 boy name
1952 7,927 26 7,901 #44 boy name
1953 7,536 34 7,502 #45 boy name
1954 7,516 34 7,482 #49 boy name
1955 7,330 36 7,294 #51 boy name
1956 7,047 34 7,013 #53 boy name
1957 6,739 30 6,709 #58 boy name
1958 6,345 35 6,310 #62 boy name
1959 6,155 36 6,119 #66 boy name
1960 5,797 31 5,766 #70 boy name
1961 5,494 36 5,458 #74 boy name
1962 5,315 34 5,281 #79 boy name
1963 5,095 29 5,066 #77 boy name
1964 4,863 15 4,848 #80 boy name
1965 4,506 18 4,488 #82 boy name
1966 4,077 24 4,053 #83 boy name
1967 3,832 22 3,810 #81 boy name
1968 3,621 29 3,592 #83 boy name
1969 3,596 28 3,568 #84 boy name
1970 3,619 31 3,588 #89 boy name
1971 3,388 27 3,361 #90 boy name
1972 2,943 30 2,913 #98 boy name
1973 2,647 16 2,631
1974 2,502 11 2,491
1975 2,383 24 2,359
1976 2,122 20 2,102
1977 2,199 13 2,186
1978 2,012 22 1,990
1979 2,142 22 2,120
1980 2,026 16 2,010
1981 2,007 17 1,990
1982 1,930 19 1,911
1983 1,777 10 1,767
1984 1,698 9 1,689
1985 1,709 20 1,689
1986 1,725 10 1,715
1987 1,595 20 1,575
1988 1,633 23 1,610
1989 1,617 6 1,611
1990 1,622 7 1,615
1991 1,538 0 1,538
1992 1,431 10 1,421
1993 1,364 8 1,356
1994 1,157 7 1,150
1995 1,068 6 1,062
1996 1,036 0 1,036
1997 1,026 0 1,026
1998 896 0 896
1999 918 0 918
2000 949 0 949
2001 826 0 826
2002 833 0 833
2003 774 0 774
2004 765 0 765
2005 770 0 770
2006 850 0 850
2007 810 0 810
2008 764 0 764
2009 789 0 789
2010 780 0 780
2011 797 0 797
2012 800 0 800
2013 937 0 937
2014 982 0 982
2015 1,153 0 1,153
2016 1,163 0 1,163

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Popularity of Walter as a first name

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Popularity of Walter as a last name

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Common last names for Walter

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Scott
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Walter U.S.
  White 88.57% 64.26%
  African American 6.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.94% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Walter

People with the last name Walter are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Walter

  • How Popular is the name Walter? Walter is the 92nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Walter was the 727th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Walter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 623,037 babies born with the first name Walter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Walter to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Walter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,763 new born babies.
  • When was Walter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Walter is Wednesday, February 1st, 1809.
  • What year had the most people named Walter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Walter was in 1918 with a total of 13,338 babies. That's a lot of babies named Walter!
  • Random Walter Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Walter ranks 7th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 25 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Walter: Your name in reverse order is Retlaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Awrtel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Walter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 48,024 people with the last name Walter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Walter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 16 of them will have Walter as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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