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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’.
125th in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
501,575
to be exact
552,856
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
Delaware
has the most people named Walter per capita
1914
marked the height of its popularity
0.07%
99.93%
62%
55+
28%
30-54
6%
13-29
4%
0-12

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