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

The Anglo-Saxon name Walton comes from when the family resided in one of the many places called Walton found throughout England. The surname Walton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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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, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walton include Walton, Waltone and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walton research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1600, 1661, 1593 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Walton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Walton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Walton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Walton settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Walton settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Richard Walton, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • William Walton, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Daniel Walton who settled in Virginia in 1635


Walton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Walton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Samuel Walton, who arrived in Virginia in 1710
  • Margeratt Walton, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732

Walton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Walton, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Charles Walton, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Georgette Walton, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Jacob Walton, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Mary Ann Walton, who arrived in New York in 1822


Walton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Maurice Walton, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Morris Walton, who landed in Arkansas in 1904

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  • George Walton (1741-1804), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton (1918-1992), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Alice Walton (b. 1949), American heiress, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton
  • S. Robson Walton (b. 1945), American lawyer and Wal-Mart heir, Chairman of the Board
  • Cedar Anthony Walton Jr. (1934-2013), American hard bop jazz pianist
  • Sir William Turner Walton OM (1902-1983), English composer, his best-known works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast, the Viola Concerto, and the First Symphony
  • Billy Walton (1871-1963), English footballer
  • Sir John Walton, Australian Chairman
  • Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (b. 1903), Irish physicist and the winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • George Walton (1867-1933), Scottish designer

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  • A Brief Historical and Genealogical Account of the Walton Family by Hattie E. Walton.
  • Kith and Kin of Willie Adam Walton and Ethel Mae King by June Roper Walton.
  • The Waltons of Brunswick County, Virginia By Joe C. Tinney.
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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: Murus aeneus virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is a wall of brass.

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  2. 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.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Walton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walton 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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