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Walter

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Origin: Old German
Meaning: Powerful Ruler

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Walter

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Walter in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Walter:

  • Records indicate that 614,625 boys in the United States have been named Walter since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 13,353 people in the U.S. were given the name Walter. Those people are now 101 years old.

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    Comments about the name Walter

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      39 Positive Comments

  • "The media hates "Walter." 99% of the time "Walter" is a whiney, stinky old man. An exception is the film His Girl Friday wherein "Walter" is a roguish, rapscallion newspaper editor played by Cary Grant. But that film is about 60 years old. These days if you meet a "Walter" he invariably is named after his father or uncle. Nobody looks at baby and thinks, "Walter." I had to name my kid Walter, to keep the streak alive. He's number six in a row. But we gave him an out. His middle name. If he doesn't fancy "Walter," if he thinks it's not cool, we told him he could go by his middle name, and we'd all be fine with it and address him by his middle name, "Percy."" Dec. 18, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My family have been using this name for hundreds of years. I love it and named my son Walter. It's uncommon these days, but people never forget a Walter and it connotes wisdom, respect and tradition." Jul. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have chosen to name our son Walter. We like it BECAUSE it's an old man's name. The name sounds friendly and wise. I can picture my son wearing suspenders and a bow tie. It's an adorable name for a child and a solid name for an adult." Jan. 19, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Walter II. I named my son Walter III. Always a lot of good remarks about my name. I've been told by many that it is a "strong" and "valiant" name. I grew up in the South and was never teased about my name. My son is growing up north and he has never been teased about his name. Only good remarks. When you are named "Walter" you only have to tell your name once. People always remember." Jan. 2, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Walter and have always loved my name. As a boy it was a good fit. I've gone by Wally, Walt. I recommend it as a boy's name. People don't forget you, and it's a simple yet formal given name. Lots of neat famous Walters: Disney, Cronkite. My pediatrician and my father were Walters and I idolized them both." Jan. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson's name is Walter Clayton. Honestly, I didn't care for it at first but I have grown to love the name Walter. My son wanted his son's name to be classic and intelligent. Here's to Walter!" Nov. 5, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My young son's name is Walter, and I love the name. It's not a family name, just a name that his dad and I loved. It was the only name we liked for a boy. Boys names are tougher than girl names. Most of them are so boring. Walter is a classic name and the nickname Walt is great too. Love it." Jul. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Walter IV and I love its uniqueness. The nickname Walt sounds confident and rational. It's a classy name that isn't too common anymore. I want to have a son in the future and keep the tradition going in my family." Jan. 23, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have been looking for boys' names for my future baby (why is it much easier to find girls names?!) and had almost given up on fining one that I really really LOVE. And then I took a second look at Walter, and my heart melted... I hope I have a son at some point so I can name him Walter!" Jan. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Walter III and named our son Walter as well. It is a distinctive name and rare. It means tradition. It is a strong name that carries a sense of legacy. Meaning " strong warrior " it says that trends and fashion are not important. Heritage come first." Jan. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im 21 and I love my name. Although I often get told its an old persons name, i dont really care. It not a common name so i always stand out." Dec. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Walter after his grandfather, and also the Walter who was the friend who introduced me and my husband . Loved the history, strength of it. People think I'm crazy for naming a Walter in the south, but he'll be one of the few and he'll be remembered!" Dec. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Walter. We love the name and he seems to love it to. We weren't fond of Wally as a nickname and have taken to calling him Waltie." Nov. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Grandson is Walter named for his great grandfather" Sep. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my grandfather's name and if I ever have a son, it will also be his name. I think it is the most handsome boy name I have ever heard. Gallant, strong, intelligent, classy. I would not shorten it to Wally, just keep it Walter." Jun. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When people meet our 3 year-old son, Walter, they often comment about a older beloved relative of theirs. So far, people comment on it being a "big" or "strong" name, but not nerdy... and he loves it." Jan. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Walter too named after my grand father who fought in world war two, very proud of the name, and i think its suits my personality, did not have a problem with it in school, one of its good points is when you say your name and by in large to are taken seriously and remembered, Walter J.D" Mar. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Walter after his great-grandpa. It is a great name and if Walter takes after his great-grandpa, more power to him!" Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I identify myself with these 2 comments "Later I read Walter was a strong, intelligent, talented yet sensitive name and that of a leader" "Well I think, because Walter is a name easy to make fun off by saying wally etc etc. It makes it's owners tougher" My name fits like a glove. Since my name is very peculiar it's easy for people to remember me." Nov. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, My name is Walter Semental, and I love it" and all the people love it too, its original and strong. so be proud of your name brothers" Oct. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Like many of the comments stated about the name Walter, I had to grow up being laughed at about my name. I was nicknamed by many as "the old man". I never thought of myself as such, but found that I worked hard at being the one that lived up to the title of "the old man". Afterall, "the old man" is usually associated with "the one in charge". I love my name and its meaning. To all of the Walter's out there, "Toujours en Vedette"." Sep. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm only 19 and growing up with the name 'Walter' was a hassle to say the least, although the minor teasing stopped around 7th grade (ironic because this stuff usually STARTS in high school). Being named after my grandfather (also taking his middle name, Joseph) who fought in World War II and after reading of the name's German roots (the majority of my ancestry is German) and being synonymous with 'powerful leader', I've come to accept it. I don't recommend naming your child Walter in this day and age but if your name is Walter, don't be ashamed of it." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Walter and in my youth I never liked the name. In the early black & white movies or T.V. Walter was always a strong name but some where down the road movies and t.v. made the name Walter into a nerd. I always thought it was either an older man's name (because they were the only ones I knew who had it) or African American name. Later I read Walter was a strong, intelligent, talented yet sensitive name and that of a leader. Which to me was funny, because though I don't see myself that way people have always told me I was. Now I don't know what all that means but I have grown to like it and whenever I hear someone call out to Walter I always comment that I am a Walter too. I have noticed even a few Walter's younger than myself, I am a 48 yearold Walter Daniel named after my mother's father and he was strong, itelligent, talented and sensitive." Apr. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The only Walter's I've met are old blokes. I blame people saying he's a bit of a wally on it's unpopularity. My families Dutch I wonder how popular Wouter is in Holland?" Oct. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is a Walter. He was the first Walter I knew under the age of 50. I've grown to love his name, as he is a wonderful person and he is definitely a classic himself." Jun. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The meaning of this name is "great warrior" or "leader". My grown up son is called Walter and the name suits him to a tee - also my late father carried this name and it suited him just as well as my father and my son have very similar personalities. But whatever it's meaning, for me Walter is just a very, very beautiful name! Two thumbs up." Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Walter and it predisposes me to think beyond norms, and to engage my intellectual side. I think the name suggests distinction, which encourages me to strive for credibility. I like being one of a few with this name." Feb. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name, I absolutely love it and what's more important, he likes it, too!" Sep. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Walter. I love it. It makes me feels special and unique. It is a classic name of all times!" Sep. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Walter was the name of my late dad and I gave it to my son, now 14, as well. My son likes his name and his pals think it's really cool. He prefers to be called either "Walter" or "Walt"." Jun. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Solid, strong yet sensitive. I think of a very smart and creative person. Walter is the name of a successful person. A real winner!" Jun. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's a great name. It was my dad's name and I loved it so much that I gave it to my son who was born in 1991. His name has become quite unusual and especially young people often comment on how cool it is! Definitely thumbs up!" May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Walter is such a beautiful name. It's become quite rare but that makes it even more interesting. Definitely thumbs up!" Apr. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Walter rocks! My dad was called that and I loved it so much even as a kid that I called my first son (born in 1991) Walter as well. The name has become quite rare but give it a few years and it will become fashionable again, I'm sure, like other names like Jack or James have. Overall it's a very cool name :-)" Apr. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is walter, i never really did like the name because it sounded old fashoned. I was named afer my Grandfather( It was Walter or Chester so whick do you perfer:D) When my Grandfather grew sick and passes on I an so thankfull that I was named Walter. If fact our little boy due this year will also carry the name Walter" Jan. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "well i think its a great name.. i love it and usually people like it. i been thinking about the what other name sounds good with my last name "jacott" and i dont find one that match nice, so i think my first son will be walter too..." Dec. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a grandfatherly name, but I have no problem with it. I like "Walt" ok, but definitely NOT "Wally". That's what someone named "Wallace" would be called, not me." Nov. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is walter and I was named after my grandfather. It is an uncommon name today and I like having it. I like walt, walter but not wally. never understood where wally came from?" Sep. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Often mistaken as my last named. I was named after my great-great uncle." Jul. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "Not good, at least growing up in the South; too uncommon, and the sound of its pronunciation was easy to ridicule." Jul. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "In the UK it will be forever associated with Walter the Softy who was the victim of Dennis the Menace in the Beano comic!" Apr. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Walter is a great name for someone born in 1920, but it's just not something I'd name my child!" Mar. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "My grandson is named Walter and we call him ?Walt? and LOVE the name!!! It suits him since he is outgoing, smart and a leader already at a young age. The person makes the name....own it and be proud!" Apr. 12, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Walter, and I always felt self conscious when meeting a girl. After I made a great impression she would ask me for my name and I would just feel like it didn't sound right for a young good looking guy like me. With age I realize this was very stupid on my part. Now I'm 28 and I like my name because people always remember it and it also makes me sound smart and interesting : )" Nov. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my lil brother walter but many people comments negative .what can i do" Dec. 21, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Walter. Nowadays I guess it is a unique name. Actually it is a very venerable almost ancient name that I'm proud to have. Nothing phony about it.I'm named after my uncle. Throughout history many remarkable men have had this name." Mar. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Walter and I'm an angry red monster who serves thousands of meals to ungrateful campers everyday. I work in the kitchen... but I'm not a chef." Oct. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Walter, and I've always loved my name. I was named after my great-grandfather. If I was ever made fun of for it, I don't remember. People have always been able to remember my name, and everyone is always telling me that it's such an interesting name. The only people who have trouble pronouncing it are people whose native languages don't use the /w/ sound (which comes up more frequently for me, as I do work in linguistics), but otherwise it is very easily pronounced." Oct. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Talking of African-Americans named Walter, one of them is the actor Walter Jones, born in 1970. We know him better, however, as Zack the original Black Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series - and this caused some racial controversy, along with Trini the original Yellow Ranger being played by the late Vietnamese-American actress Thuy Trang, and rumour would also have it that the original Red Ranger Jason (Austin St. John) was a Native American and the Green Ranger and later White Ranger Tommy (Jason David Frank) was either Italian or Irish (probably more the latter)." Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yeah, I typed in the name "Fart" as a joke and up popped "WALTER"...you sorry manfolks...must stink to be you!" Apr. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i called my son walter. it gets a muted response when i tell people but it was my grandfathers name . who was a great guy. so thats all that matters." Nov. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had someone say of my name: "That's kind of an old man's name."" Sep. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sometimes people say it wrong. And everyone thinks its a cool name to have." Aug. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well I think, because Walter is a name easy to make fun off by saying wally etc etc. It makes it's owners tougher :D. Like stated, it is for warriors and leaders, which indeed got ridiculed in movies in the past (luckily Al Pacino sets the record straight in 'Two for the money' as Walter Abrams). I'm a Walter too and do get the occational laughs of friends because of my name. But I think it also pushes me to distinguish myself from the masses ( I'm not a quitter and never will be, if life kicks me I just kick back :D ). So yeah, all in all a good name :D" Apr. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nobody else I know really has this name, except for my grandfather, for whom I was named. I also get mail address to my deceased grandfather, and my friends found my name in a phonebook." Feb. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great grandfather was named Walter back in the 1860's, as was my grandfather and father. I am the fourth one in a row. It is a great venerable name to have. No one ever forgets a Walter. I don't understand the TV and movie stereotype of Walter of being stupid and social misfits. I never met a Walter who was." Jan. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never knew the meaning of my name "Walter". However it is not what my nature as the meaning tells." Jul. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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