Walter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Germanic wald "rule" + heri, hari "army".

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Walter

  1. A male given name.
    • ~1590 William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene I
      Whitmore. And so am I; my name is Walter Whitmore. / How now! why start'st thou? what! doth death affright?
      Suffolk. Thy name affrights me, in whose sound is death. / A cunning man did calculate my birth, / And told me that by Water I should die. / Yet let not this make thee be bloody-minded; / Thy name is - Gaultier, being rightly sounded.
    • 1991 Julian Barnes, Talking It Over, ISBN 0-224-03157-0 page 13:
      And with some appellations, the contrary applies. Like Walter, for instance. You can't be Walter in a pram. You can't be Walter until you're about seventy-five in my view.

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German waltan (to rule) + heri (army). Cognate with English Walter.

Proper noun[edit]

Walter

  1. A male given name.
  2. A common patronymic surname​.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular given name in Germany since the Middle Ages due to Walter of Aquitaine, a legendary Visigoth king celebrated in German folklore.

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Walter

  1. A male given name, variant spelling of Valter.