masc. proper name, from O.N.Fr. Waltier
), of Gmc. origin; cf. O.H.G. Walthari, Walthere
, lit. "ruler of the army," from waltan
"to rule" (see wield
) + hari
"host, army" (see harry
). Walter Mitty
(1939) is from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by U.S. short story writer James Thurber.