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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Walker family come from? What is the English Walker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Walker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Walker family history?

The origins of the Walker surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Walker began when someone in that family worked as a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water. The surname Walker is derived from the Old English word wealcere, which means fuller.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Walker has appeared include Walker, Walkere and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where the Walker family held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walker research. Another 345 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1260, 1324, 1361, 1725, 1563, 1611, 1677, 1676, 1597, 1673, 1640, 1643, 1661, 1673, 1599, 1658, 1665, 1616, 1699, 1676, 1688, 1704, 1744, 1618 and are included under the topic Early Walker History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Walker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Walker arrived in North America very early:

Walker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Walker, Roger Walker, and Isabel Walker, who all immigrated to Virginia in 1623
  • Augustine Walker, who settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Walker, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Grace Walker, aged 34, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Augustine Walker, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1641

Walker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Ellen Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Christen Walker, who came to New Bern, North Carolina in 1710
  • Adrius Walker, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1738
  • Adriess Walker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738

Walker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Walker, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Eliza Walker, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Armstrong Walker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Edwin Walker, who was naturalized in Georgia in 1812
  • David Walker, aged 45, arrived in Ohio in 1812

Walker Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Archibald Dunn Walker, who arrived in California in 1901


  • Frank Comerford Walker (1886-1959), United States Postmaster General
  • Francis Amasa Walker (1840-1897), American economist, statistician, and educator
  • Joseph Walker (1892-1985), American cinematographer and optics expert, pioneered the zoom lens and invented the Elektra-Zoom
  • Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker (1910-1975), well-known American blues musician
  • Gladys Werner "Skeeter" Walker (1933-2001), American alpine skier
  • Alice Malsenior Walker (b. 1944), American novelist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 and inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Brigadier General Kenneth N Walker (1898-1943), American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Captain (USN, Ret.) David Mathieson Walker (b. 1944), former NASA astronaut with over 724 hours in space
  • Shannon Walker (b. 1965), American scientist and a NASA astronaut with over 163 days in space
  • Paul William Walker IV (1973-2013), American actor, best known for his roles in The Fast and the Furious film series



  • Ancestors and Descendants of the Walker Lathrop Family of Chelsea , Vermont by M. Gudmundson Walker.
  • The Genealogy of the Families of Formon-Boisclair, Walker, Beers, Lacy by Mary W. Meadows.
  • Genealogy of the Vale, Walker, Littler and Other Related Families by George Walker Vale.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honesta Quam Magna
Motto Translation: How Great are Honourable Deeds.


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The Walker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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