Walter Family History

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Walter Name Meaning

German, Swedish, and English: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements wald ‘rule’ + heri, hari ‘army’. The personal name was introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Walt(i)er, Waut(i)er.

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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Walter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Walter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Walter. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Walter Family Origin

Where is the Walter family from?

Walter Family Occupations

What did your Walter ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Walter occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Walter's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Walter family was Carpenter. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Walter.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Walter ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Walter Historical Records

What Walter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 468,000 census records available for the last name Walter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Walter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Walter Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Walter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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