Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from a Germanic personal name Walo, either a
byname meaning ‘foreigner’ (see Wallace), or else a short form
of the various compound names with this first element.
- English: nickname
for a well-liked person, from Middle English wale ‘good’,
‘excellent’ (originally meaning ‘choice’).
- English: topographic name for
someone who lived near an embankment, Middle English wale (Old
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