Walter (name)

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Walter, Walther
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Old High German
Meaning ruler of the army
Region of origin Old high Germania
Other names
Nickname(s) No juden warrior
Related names Valter Valtyr Gauthier Gualterio Gualtierre
{ Gothic royalty } Gutiérrez Valter

Walter or Walther is a masculine given name, from an Old High German Walthari, containing the elements wald "rule" and hari "army, warrior".[1]

The Latinized form is Waltharius, the title of a poem on the legendary Gothic king Walter of Aquitaine. A fragmentary Old English poem on the same character is known as Waldere. The Dutch equivalent of the name is Wouter. The name also entered the French language as Gauthier (and Wauthier) and in Spanish language as Gutierre. Gutiérrez spanish form of Walter { Gothic royalty }.

Jacob Grimm in Teutonic Mythology speculates that Walthari, literally "wielder of hosts", may have been an epithet of the god of war, Ziu or Eor, and that the circumstance that the hero of the Waltharius poems loses his right hand in battle may be significant, linking him to the Norse tradition of Tyr.

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