Walch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

With the arrival of the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 11th century came new naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland. These new naming traditions actually meshed fairly well with the pre-existing Irish traditions. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the native Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el, and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in, to build patronymic names. The surname Walch is derived from Breat(h)nach which literally means Welshman. Phillip Brenagh, known as "Phillip the Welshman" was likely the progenitor of the family. Phillip and his brother David arrived with Strongbow, in 1170.

Early Origins of the Walch family

The surname Walch was first found in Counties Kilkenny, Leix, and Waterford, in Ireland, where they held a family seat from 1170.

Early History of the Walch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walch research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1606, 1615, 1618, 1688, 1604, 1580, 1654, 1618 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Walch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walch Spelling Variations

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Walch. Some of these variations included: Walsh, Welsh, Welch, Brannagh and others.

Early Notables of the Walch family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Rev. Peter Walsh (1618-1688), who wrote "The Loyal Remonstrance"; for which he was excommunicated from the Franciscan Order; John Walsh...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walch Ranking

In France, the name Walch is the 9,140th most popular surname with an estimated 924 people with that name. [1]


United States Walch migration to the United States +

Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Walch:

Walch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmund Walch, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [2]
Walch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bernhard Walch, who arrived in America in 1783 [2]
Walch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Walch, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [2]
  • Richard Walch, aged 27, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1848 [2]
  • James W Walch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Thomas Walch, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]

Canada Walch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Walch, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Johan Walch, who landed in Manitoba in 1877

Australia Walch migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Walch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ellen Walch, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Diana" on 4th December 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

New Zealand Walch migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Walch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Judith Walch, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Sarah Walch, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Walch (post 1700) +

  • Adam K. Walch, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900 [4]
  • Marie Walch Loughlin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952 [4]


The Walch Motto +

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: Transfixus sed non mortuus
Motto Translation: Transfixed but not dead.


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diana
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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