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

The origins of the Wall name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Wall was originally derived from a family having lived near a stone-built wall. Wall is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Wall referred to a person who lived beside a large stone wall, which was used either for the purpose of fortification, or to keep back the encroachment of the sea. Members of the Wall family were established in Gloucestershire prior to the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066. By the time of the Conquest, they were major landholders in that county.

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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 Wall include Wall, Walls, Wale, Walles and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times and appeared as holders of lands in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086 by King William of England. The name was from the Anglo Saxon Wal, meaning a stranger.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wall research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1210, 1620, 1679, 1647, 1728, 1588 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Wall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words(10 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:

Wall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Wall, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Matthew Wall arrived in Jamaica in 1663
  • Alice Wall who arrived in Maryland in 1675
  • Alice Wall, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Wall Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Wall who settled in Philadelphia in 1737
  • Adam Wall, aged 21, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Georg Wall came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Charles Wall who arrived in Virginia in 1773

Wall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Easter Wall, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Andrew, Bernard, Charles, Francis, Henry, James, John, Thomas, and William Wall entered in Philadelphia between 1824 to 1870
  • Christopher Wall, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • George Wall, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Eberhard Wall landed in Philadelphia in 1856


Wall Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alfred Wall, who arrived in Alabama in 1924

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  • Jake Wade Wall (b. 1974), American screenwriter
  • Donald Dines Wall (1921-2000), American mathematician working primarily on number theory
  • Frederick Theodor Wall (b. 1912), prominent American physical chemist
  • Angus Wall, American Academy Award and Emmy Award winning film editor and film title designer
  • Marcellite Wall (1910-1993), née Garner, an American artist and voice actress, most remembered as the first regular voice of Minnie Mouse
  • Arthur Jonathan Wall Jr. (1923-2001), American golfer who played in the 1950s through 1975
  • Bree Seanna Wall (b. 1995), American television actress known for playing the part of Sofia Metz on the HBO series Deadwood
  • Donnell Lee Wall (b. 1967), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Garret Dorset Wall (1783-1850), American military officer and politician, Governor of New Jersey in 1829
  • Jack Wall (b. 1964), American video game music composer

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  • The Walls of Walltown By Anne Wall Thomas.
  • A George Willard Wall Memorial by Juliette (wall) Pope.
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The Wall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wall 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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