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Walter

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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 11,835 74 11,761 #11 boy name
1917 12,658 76 12,582 #11 boy name
1918 13,417 80 13,337 #11 boy name
1919 12,947 66 12,881 #11 boy name
1920 13,364 69 13,295 #13 boy name
1921 13,075 74 13,001 #15 boy name
1922 12,714 83 12,631 #15 boy name
1923 12,512 78 12,434 #16 boy name
1924 12,786 86 12,700 #16 boy name
1925 12,232 100 12,132 #16 boy name
1926 11,857 92 11,765 #17 boy name
1927 11,439 93 11,346 #17 boy name
1928 10,737 89 10,648 #18 boy name
1929 9,955 100 9,855 #19 boy name
1930 9,812 84 9,728 #19 boy name
1931 9,006 71 8,935 #20 boy name
1932 8,737 75 8,662 #21 boy name
1933 7,812 56 7,756 #21 boy name
1934 8,148 61 8,087 #21 boy name
1935 7,872 57 7,815 #23 boy name
1936 7,574 36 7,538 #26 boy name
1937 7,532 51 7,481 #26 boy name
1938 7,597 39 7,558 #26 boy name
1939 7,370 51 7,319 #25 boy name
1940 7,761 39 7,722 #25 boy name
1941 7,786 39 7,747 #26 boy name
1942 8,721 44 8,677 #26 boy name
1943 9,085 47 9,038 #26 boy name
1944 8,205 44 8,161 #26 boy name
1945 7,602 28 7,574 #27 boy name
1946 8,707 43 8,664 #30 boy name
1947 9,248 36 9,212 #34 boy name
1948 8,653 28 8,625 #35 boy name
1949 8,330 30 8,300 #37 boy name
1950 7,831 35 7,796 #40 boy name
1951 8,065 33 8,032 #42 boy name
1952 7,932 26 7,906 #44 boy name
1953 7,532 34 7,498 #45 boy name
1954 7,511 34 7,477 #49 boy name
1955 7,328 36 7,292 #51 boy name
1956 7,047 34 7,013 #53 boy name
1957 6,741 30 6,711 #58 boy name
1958 6,344 35 6,309 #62 boy name
1959 6,156 36 6,120 #66 boy name
1960 5,797 31 5,766 #70 boy name
1961 5,493 36 5,457 #74 boy name
1962 5,316 34 5,282 #79 boy name
1963 5,096 29 5,067 #77 boy name
1964 4,863 15 4,848 #80 boy name
1965 4,508 18 4,490 #82 boy name
1966 4,076 24 4,052 #83 boy name
1967 3,833 22 3,811 #81 boy name
1968 3,620 29 3,591 #83 boy name
1969 3,598 28 3,570 #84 boy name
1970 3,617 31 3,586 #89 boy name
1971 3,388 27 3,361 #90 boy name
1972 2,944 30 2,914 #98 boy name
1973 2,646 16 2,630
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 1,594 20 1,574
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 1,035 0 1,035
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 769 0 769
2006 850 0 850
2007 810 0 810
2008 764 0 764
2009 788 0 788
2010 780 0 780
2011 797 0 797
2012 800 0 800
2013 936 0 936
2014 982 0 982
2015 1,148 0 1,148

Fun Facts about the name Walter

  • How many people with the first name Walter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 621,844 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 13,337 babies. That's a lot of babies named Walter!
  • Random Walter Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Walter ranks 12th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 185 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1924.
  • 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 Walret. 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.

Where is the name Walter popular?

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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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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.

English

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.

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 With the Name Walter

Walt Disney

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

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

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

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

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

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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  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    (writer)
  • Walter Matthau
    (actor)
  • Stacy Keach
    (actor/narrator)
  • Walter Cronkite
    (television)
  • Walter Koenig
    (actor)
  • Walter Mazzarri
    (soccer player)
  • Walter Zenga
    (soccer player)
  • Walter H.G. Lewin
    (scientist)
  • Walter Brennan
    (actor)
  • W. Kamau Bell
    (important human)
  • Walter Gropius
    (architect)
  • Walter Emanuel Jones
    (actor)
  • Walter Lippmann
    (writer)
  • Walter Ulbricht
    (president)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Walter

Jessica 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

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

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

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

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

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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What does the name Walter mean?

Wis for work, for which you strive to accomplish

Ais for admirers, and all that you have!

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Tis for tough, for you are not easily broken

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

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Sources: 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. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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