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Origin and popularity of the name WALTER

Origin

Walter : 1: English (of Norman origin) German Dutch Polish Swedish and Danish: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements wald ‘rule’ + heri hari ‘army’. This personal name was introduced into England both in the reign of Edward the Confessor and by the Normans (in the forms Walt(i)er Waut(i)er). After the Norman Conquest it soon became one of the most popular personal names in Britain. Compare Walther.2: Germanized or Americanized form of Czech Slovak Croatian and Slovenian Valter and Czech Valtr: from the personal name Valter Valtr of ancient Germanic origin (see 1 above).

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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Geographic distribution of the 254,368 individuals with the name WALTER on Geneanet.

 

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    kendalls
    (2,890 individuals)
    famillesdalsace
    (2,051 individuals)
    rbehra
    (1,975 individuals)
    dspehner
    (1,709 individuals)

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    Variants of name WALTER

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