The name is derived the Arabic ولد (walada), “to give birth.”
It is primarily used in honour of Al-Walid I (668 – 715) and Ummayid Caliph who had ruled in the early 700s. He is known for instituting Arabic as the official language across the Islamic World and his conquer of Spain.
As of 2009, Walid was the 163rd most popular male name in France.
Other forms of the name include:
- Velid (Albanian/Azeri/Bosnian/Bulgarian/Central Asian/Turkish)