The name is from a Frisian diminutive form of
now used exclusively as an independent given name. Walter,
As of 2008, Wout was the 23rd most popular male name in Belgium.
Meaning: “ruler of an army.”
The name is composed of the Old High German elements,
(ruler) and wald (army). The name was used in England pre-Norman invasion in the Anglo-Saxon form of hari but was soon replaced with the Normanized Wealdhere . It was borne by a legendary Visigothic king who appears in several Medieval poems and epics. Walter
There have been several other notable bearers throughout history, one of the most famous being Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).
Currently it is the 332nd most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms include:
(German: archaic) Waldhar
(Late Latin) Gaulterius
(Old High German) Walthari
Feminine forms include:
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