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

The origins of the Walker surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Walker began when someone in that family worked as a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water. The surname Walker is derived from the Old English word wealcere, which means fuller. "In the North of England, fullers' earth is called 'walker's clay,' and a fulling-mill a 'walk-mill.' In Scotland, to walk, still means to full cloth." [1]

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Walker has appeared include Walker, Walkere and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they were believed to be descended from a very ancient tribe called the Wealceringas, and the name is considered to be one of the oldest in England. Their early records have been obscured but in the 12th century, they were recorded as landholders in Yorkshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walker research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1260, 1324, 1361, 1725, 1563, 1611, 1677, 1676, 1597, 1673, 1640, 1643, 1661, 1673, 1599, 1658, 1665, 1616, 1699, 1676, 1688, 1704, 1744, 1618 and are included under the topic Early Walker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 223 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Walker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Walker arrived in North America very early:

Walker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Walker, Roger Walker, and Isabel Walker, who all immigrated to Virginia in 1623
  • Augustine Walker, who settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Walker, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Grace Walker, aged 34, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Augustine Walker, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1641


Walker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Ellen Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Christen Walker, who came to New Bern, North Carolina in 1710
  • Adrius Walker, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1738
  • Adriess Walker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738


Walker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam Walker, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Eliza Walker, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Armstrong Walker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Edwin Walker, who was naturalized in Georgia in 1812
  • David Walker, aged 45, arrived in Ohio in 1812


Walker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Archibald Dunn Walker, who arrived in California in 1901

Walker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Walker, a mason who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1773

Walker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Walker, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • George Walker, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Catherine Walker, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Margaret Walker, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Joseph Walker, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833


Walker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Charles Walker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Walker, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Walker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Walker, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Walker, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Walker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Walker landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Thomas Walker landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Walker, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Eliza Walker, aged 21, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • George Walker, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841


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  • Olene Walker (1930-2015), née Smith, an American politician, 15th Governor of Utah (2003-2005), 4th Lieutenant Governor of Utah (1993-2003)
  • Ed Walker (1932-2015), American radio personality, host of Gunsmoke, The Jack Benny Show, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Superman
  • Sam Sims Walker (1925-2015), American United States Army General, Commanding General of Allied Land Forces, South East Europe from 1977 to 1978
  • Daniel J. "Dan" Walker (1922-2015), American lawyer, businessman, 36th Governor of Illinois (1973-1977)
  • Addison Morton Walker (1923-1950), better known as Mort Walker, is an American comic artist, known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954
  • Mr. David Walker (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger, Secretary to Dr. Pearson from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Mary Jane Walker (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Thomas Edwin Walker (1941-1988), American Electronics Specialist from Quincy, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Mr. William Anderson Walker (d. 1912), aged 48, American First Class passenger from East Orange, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Paul William Walker IV (1973-2013), American actor, best known for his roles in The Fast and the Furious film series

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of the Walker Lathrop Family of Chelsea , Vermont by M. Gudmundson Walker.
  • The Genealogy of the Families of Formon-Boisclair, Walker, Beers, Lacy by Mary W. Meadows.
  • Genealogy of the Vale, Walker, Littler and Other Related Families by George Walker Vale.
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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: Honesta Quam Magna
Motto Translation: How Great are Honourable Deeds.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Walker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walker 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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