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Walter Family History

Walter Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) German Dutch Polish Swedish and Danish: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements wald ‘rule’ + heri hari ‘army’. This personal name was introduced into England both in the reign of Edward the Confessor and by the Normans (in the forms Walt(i)er Waut(i)er). After the Norman Conquest it soon became one of the most popular personal names in Britain. Compare Walther . Germanized or Americanized form of Czech Slovak Croatian and Slovenian Valter and Czech Valtr: from the personal name Valter Valtr of ancient Germanic origin (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Walper, Alter, Waller, Malter, Walder, Salter, Balter, Witter, Halter

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Where is the Walter family from?

You can see how Walter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Walter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Walter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 269 Walter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 41% of all the recorded Walter's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Walter families in 1840.
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What did your Walter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Walter. 15% of Walter men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Walter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Walter were Clerk and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 103,000 immigration records available for the last name Walter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 94,000 military records available for the last name Walter. For the veterans among your Walter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Walter lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Walter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Walter in 1941 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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