Origin:German
Popularity:535
Meaning:commander of the army
Here’s a traditional name you can sink your teeth into. Along with other classics like James and William, Walter is solid and steadfast and has a touch of grandfatherly grandness. No wonder it means “commander of the army.” Celebrities wowed by Walter include actor-comedian Rainn Wilson, who gave the name to his son, and actresses Julia Roberts and Melissa Joan Hart who middle-named their sons Walter.

Famous Walters

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Walter Becker
    Musician
  • Walter Hunt
    Inventor
  • Walter Johnson
    Baseball Player
  • Walter McKenzie Wilson
    Son of Rainn Wilson
  • Walter Payton
    Football Player

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Source: Social Security Administration

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