Walter comes from Germanic elements wald (ruler, leader, power) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) via Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁ (to rule; strong, powerful); and hari (army), also derived from a PIE root word; so the name means “ruler of the army”. Walter is also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Walt, Wally

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Valter (Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian)
  • Gualtiero (Italian)
  • Waldhar (Ancient Germanic)
  • Walther (Ancient Germanic)
  • Wouter (Dutch)
  • Wolter (Dutch)
  • Valtteri (Finnish)
  • Gauthier (French)
  • Gautier (French)
  • Gaultier (French)
  • Guálter (Portuguese)
  • Bhaltair (Scottish)
  • Bhàtair (Scottish)
  • Gutierre (Spanish)
  • Gualterio (Spanish)
  • Gwallter (Welsh)


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