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Walter Family HistoryRecorded in over forty spelling forms including Walter, Walters and Water (England), Gaultier, Galtie and Gauthier (France), Walter, Walther and Waldherr (Germany), Gwalter and Gwilt (Wales), this is a surname of Germanic origins. The derivation is from the pre 7th century personal name "Waldhar", a compound of the elements "wald", meaning to rule, and "hari" - an army. The name was introduced into France during the reign of the Emperor Charlemagne in the 9th century, and into England during the reign of King Edward the Confessor (1042 - 1066). However it was through the Norman Conquest of 1066, that the name made its greatest impact the British Isles...
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