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Walter Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Walter?

The somewhat popular name Walter was the 265th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 500 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 500 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #10 in 1914.

Nonetheless, the name was given to the greatest number of children in 1918 with 13,338 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Walter was 764 in 2008.

Approximately during the years 1889-1892, 1897-1900, 1909-1918, 1944-1947, and 2014-2016, the name Walter took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1927-1933, 1971-1976, 1980-1983, and 1990-1998.

Where is the name Walter popularity headed?

Currently, the name is at a very low point when compared to its most popular year.

Walter's popularity has been moving upward for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Walter for their newborn has risen.

The name Walter is favored by many parents and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Walter is much less frequently used as a given name.

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   Walter (Girl)Walter (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 1,353 265
2016 < 5 -- 1,165 302
2015 < 5 -- 1,156 308
2014 < 5 -- 982 337
2013 < 5 -- 938 342
2012 < 5 -- 801 376
2011 < 5 -- 799 373
2010 < 5 -- 780 372
2009 < 5 -- 789 383
2008 < 5 -- 764 393
2007 < 5 -- 810 379
2006 < 5 -- 850 356
2005 < 5 -- 770 374
2004 < 5 -- 766 365
2003 < 5 -- 774 355
2002 < 5 -- 833 331
2001 < 5 -- 826 335
2000 < 5 -- 949 308
1999 < 5 -- 918 312
1998 < 5 -- 896 313
1997 < 5 -- 1,026 273
1996 < 5 -- 1,036 272
1995 6 13,337 1,062 265
1994 7 11,743 1,150 250
1993 8 10,561 1,356 221
1992 10 8,718 1,422 218
1991 < 5 -- 1,538 200
1990 7 11,380 1,614 191
1989 6 12,321 1,611 184
1988 23 4,010 1,610 175
1987 20 4,281 1,574 174
1986 10 7,116 1,715 156
1985 20 4,119 1,689 163
1984 9 7,385 1,689 161
1983 10 6,691 1,767 154
1982 19 4,161 1,911 147
1981 17 4,523 1,990 138
1980 16 4,737 2,010 137
1979 22 3,662 2,120 128
1978 22 3,506 1,991 131
1977 13 5,199 2,186 123
1976 20 3,533 2,101 127
1975 24 3,050 2,359 112
1974 11 5,354 2,489 103
1973 16 3,957 2,631 101
1972 30 2,449 2,912 98
1971 27 2,730 3,360 90
1970 31 2,446 3,587 89
1969 28 2,516 3,568 84
1968 29 2,290 3,591 83
1967 22 2,702 3,811 81
1966 24 2,515 4,054 83
1965 18 3,045 4,485 82
1964 15 3,508 4,849 80
1963 29 2,248 5,065 77
1962 34 2,026 5,278 79
1961 36 1,954 5,459 74
1960 31 2,095 5,766 70
1959 36 1,880 6,118 66
1958 35 1,870 6,311 62
1957 30 2,021 6,710 58
1956 34 1,871 7,012 53
1955 36 1,770 7,300 51
1954 34 1,800 7,479 49
1953 34 1,739 7,507 45
1952 26 2,018 7,904 44
1951 32 1,739 8,042 42
1950 36 1,575 7,792 40
1949 30 1,766 8,295 37
1948 28 1,819 8,626 35
1947 36 1,600 9,213 34
1946 43 1,334 8,664 30
1945 28 1,588 7,575 27
1944 44 1,205 8,161 26
1943 47 1,195 9,039 26
1942 44 1,205 8,677 26
1941 39 1,222 7,747 26
1940 39 1,185 7,723 25
1939 51 995 7,319 25
1938 39 1,179 7,559 26
1937 51 991 7,483 26
1936 36 1,205 7,538 26
1935 57 924 7,814 23
1934 61 874 8,089 21
1933 56 915 7,758 21
1932 75 788 8,660 21
1931 71 811 8,943 20
1930 84 772 9,728 19
1929 100 703 9,850 19
1928 89 758 10,651 18
1927 93 745 11,345 17
1926 92 757 11,770 17
1925 100 742 12,132 16
1924 86 808 12,697 16
1923 78 835 12,433 16
1922 83 802 12,632 15
1921 74 861 13,004 15
1920 69 879 13,294 13
1919 66 869 12,880 11
1918 80 801 13,338 11
1917 76 796 12,582 11
1916 74 795 11,760 11
1915 55 891 11,256 11
1914 37 986 8,962 10
1913 40 839 6,890 11
1912 39 808 5,808 11
1911 12 1,446 3,074 12
1910 11 1,518 2,596 13
1909 15 1,102 2,287 12
1908 6 2,093 2,192 12
1907 21 839 2,095 12
1906 12 1,153 1,934 12
1905 9 1,417 1,902 12
1904 13 1,048 1,873 12
1903 13 1,024 1,840 12
1902 12 1,073 1,858 12
1901 17 827 1,718 12
1900 11 1,223 2,298 12
1899 6 1,589 1,749 12
1898 11 1,097 2,002 13
1897 17 785 1,895 12
1896 9 1,209 2,017 13
1895 11 1,050 2,015 13
1894 17 743 2,010 13
1893 15 791 2,004 13
1892 10 1,014 2,229 13
1891 10 942 1,668 13
1890 12 823 1,905 13
1889 9 947 1,916 13
1888 5 1,467 2,040 13
1887 < 5 -- 1,704 13
1886 11 730 1,880 13
1885 7 917 1,808 13
1884 7 927 1,902 13
1883 5 1,047 1,705 13
1882 7 808 1,805 13
1881 11 536 1,670 13
1880 8 675 1,755 13

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.