The surname Gaulter is of English origin and signifies ‘the son of Walter’. It is an old Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘wald’, rule and ‘heri, hari’, army; mighty army. There was a native Old English form of the name , Wealdhere, powerful warrior, but it was replaced at the time of the Conquest by the Continental forms in use among the Normans. Walter was a cousin of the Conquerer and he was given a great deal of land. In medieval Germany, the most famous bearer was the minnesinger Walther von der Vogelweide ( 1170-1230 ). It was pronounced and often written ‘Wauter’ hence the abbreviated forms Wat, Watts and Wattie. Walter was one of the great fontal names of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The name was introduced into England in the reign of the Confessor and, after the Conquest, soon became one of the most popular Christian names. The name dates as far back as the tenth century were a Robert filius Walterii is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America by English and Scottish immigrants. One of the first forefathers to bring this name to… Coat of arms: Azure a fesse d…
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