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

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Walkden are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Walkden include: Walkington, Walkinton, Wallington, Walkingham and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they were Lords of the manor of Walkington from ancient times. William Wallington was Lord of the Castle of Wallington in Northumberland, and carried the same Coat of Arms as Walkington.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walkden research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1426, 1598, 1658, 1630 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Walkden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walkden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Walkden or a variant listed above: William Wallington who settled in Virginia in 1635; Joseph Wallington settled in Barbados in 1635; Nicholas Wallington settled in Massachusetts in 1638.

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The Walkden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walkden 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.

This page was last modified on 19 November 2013 at 13:16.

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