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

The name Walters was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walters include Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst. Hubert Walter (c.1160-1205) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walters research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1611, 1678, 1566, 1630, 1st , 1604, 1675, 1628 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Walters History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Walters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Walterss to arrive on North American shores:

Walters Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Walters settled in Virginia in 1618
  • Richard Walters settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Joane Walters, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Nathanl Walters, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Humphrey Walters, who landed in Maryland in 1661


Walters Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Walters, who landed in Virginia in 1721
  • Christoph Walters, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Abel Walters, who came to America in 1766
  • Jonah Walters, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Walters Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Walters, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • Joh Heinr Walters, who landed in America in 1837
  • Abraham Walters, who came to Indiana sometime between 1838 and 1849
  • August Walters, aged 35, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848
  • Conrad Walters, aged 13, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848


Walters Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mathias Walters, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1900

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  • William Henry "Bucky" Walters (1909-1991), American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher
  • Donald Ralph Walters (1969-2003), United States Army Quartermaster Corps Sergeant, recipient of the Silver Star
  • Vernon A. Walters (1917-2002), United States Army officer, diplomat and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Barbara Jill Walters (b. 1929), American three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning, twenty-two-time nominated broadcast journalist and author
  • Charles Walters (1911-1982), American director and choreographer
  • David Lee Walters (b. 1951), American Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 to 1995
  • Jamie Walters (b. 1969), American actor, singer, and record producer
  • Bill Walters (1943-2013), American lawyer, businessman, and politician
  • Arthur Walters (1865-1941), English footballer
  • George Walters (1829-1872), English recipient of the Victoria Cross

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  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Walters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walters 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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