Of Germanic origin.

Short form of the name Walter.

From the Old High Germanic name Waltheri, meaning powerful army ruler.

Other forms of the name are: Valter, Wally, Walter, Wate, Wat.

Famous bearers are legendary American animator Walt Disney and poet Walt Whitman.

Walt Whitman is one of the most significant American poets. His monumental work greatly influenced American literature.

Walt Disney is considered a worldwide cultural icon. He was a pioneer of cartoon films and the man who created Disneyland.