From an Old French personal name of Germanic (Frankish) origin, derived from wald ‘rule’ + heri, hari ‘army’. This was adopted by the Normans and introduced by them to England, superseding the native Old English form, Wealdhere. It was a very popular name in medieval England, normally pronounced ‘Water’.
Scottish: 1. habitational name from places in Arran, Dumfries, and elsewhere, named Corrie, from Gaelic coire ‘cauldron’, applied to a circular hanging valley on a mountain. 2. Scottish spelling of northern Irish McCorry ‘son of Godfrey’. See also Curry, McGorry.