- A diminutive of the male given names of Waldo and Walter and Wallabee and Wallace.
- 2005 Joyce Carol Oates: Mother, Missing. Harper Perennial. page 108:
- "'Mr. Szalla' is my eighty-two-year-old father, Nikki. Please call me 'Wally'."
- "Well. 'Wally'."
- I felt my face burn pleasantly. "Wally" was such a comfortable old-shoe kind of name.