A Germanic name, from Old Northern French Waltier, from Frankish *Waltheri (compare Old High German Waltheri, which see for more details), from Proto-Germanic *Waldaharjaz, from *waldą (“ruler”) + *harjaz (“army, host”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (“be strong”) + *ker- (“army”). Related to Old English Waldhere. Compare herald and Harold, which have these elements reversed.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɔltɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɔːltə/
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- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈwɑltɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɔːltə(ɹ)
- A male given name from the Germanic languages.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- 1991 Julian Barnes, Talking It Over, →ISBN page 13:
- And with some appellations, the contrary applies. Like Walter, for instance. You can't be Walter in a pram. You can't be Walter until you're about seventy-five in my view.
- 2003, Elinor Sisulu, Walter & Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime (page 151)
- Walter complained about the assault and isolation of the volunteers. Two policemen immediately grabbed him and dragged him to the punishment cells.
- A surname.
- An unincorporated community in Cullman County, Alabama, United States.
- A township in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, United States.
- (pet forms) Wally, Walt, Wat
- (surnames) Fitzwater, Gwatkin, Walters, Waters, Waterson, Watkin, Watkins, Watkinson, Watson, Watt, Watts
- a male given name
- a common surname originating as a patronymic
- a male given name
A popular name in Spanish-speaking South America. As in English, stress is on the first syllable, even though Spanish orthography would necessitate the placing of an accent mark, rendering it ̼"Wálter", this spelling is seldom used.
Walter c (genitive Walters)