Brought to England by the Normans, which led to the development of several surnames. Popular in medieval England where it was pronounced, "Water." In the U.S., ranked among the top 100 from 1880 to 1972. It has steadily declined since that time. Historically, English writer and explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh and Scottish novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott, come to mind. , Powerful ruler

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