First recorded in the end of 19th century. From valdīt (“rule”). Also shortened from Valdemārs, giving it a similar Old High German meaning.
- A male given name.
- Klāvs Siliņš: Latviesu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, ISBN 5-7966-0278-0
-  Population Register of Latvia: Valdis was the only given name of 7723 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010.