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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • South German : habitational name for someone from Wald, Walda, Walden, or any other place named from Old High German wald ‘forest’.
  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : topographic name from German Waldner ‘forest dweller’, ‘forester’, Middle High German waldenære. Compare Waldman.

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