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The name Walters was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walters include Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.
First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst. Hubert Walter (c.1160-1205) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor. Weeton in Lancashire was an early home of the family. "This place, in Domesday Book called Widetun, was early in the family of Walter."  "The church [of Woolvercott in Lancashire], situated on the bank of the Isis, has a sepulchral chapel on the north side, containing a stately monument to the family of Walter, of whom David Walter was High Sheriff of the county, and commanded a regiment of horse under Charles I. in the parliamentary war."  About the same time, Greenalgh with Thistleton, again in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. It was here that the manor of Greenalgh-cum-Thistleton was held in the reign of Charles I. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walters research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1611, 1678, 1566, 1630, 1604, 1675, 1628, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Walters History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Walters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Walterss to arrive on North American shores:
Walters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Walters settled in Virginia in 1618
- Richard Walters settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
- Joane Walters, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
- Nathanl Walters, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
- Humphrey Walters, who landed in Maryland in 1661
Walters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Walters, who landed in Virginia in 1721
- Christoph Walters, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
- Abel Walters, who came to America in 1766
- Jonah Walters, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
Walters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Walters, who arrived in New York in 1832
- Joh Heinr Walters, who landed in America in 1837
- Abraham Walters, who came to Indiana sometime between 1838 and 1849
- August Walters, aged 35, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848
- Conrad Walters, aged 13, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848
Walters Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mathias Walters, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1900
Walters Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- William Walters, a fisherman, settled in Trinity, Newfoundland, in 1757
Walters Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Henry Walters was a gun-maker of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1806
- Jesse Walters, who landed in Canada in 1831
Walters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Richard Walters, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Samuel Walters, a bricklayer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Ann Walters, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Jane Walters, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- William Walters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
Walters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Walters landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- William Walters landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- George Walters landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Edward Walters landed in Papatoitoi, New Zealand in 1840
- Richard Walters landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
- Barbara Jill Walters (b. 1929), American three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning, twenty-two-time nominated broadcast journalist and author, inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989
- Bill Walters (1943-2013), American lawyer, businessman, and politician
- Jamie Walters (b. 1969), American actor, singer, and record producer
- David Lee Walters (b. 1951), American Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 to 1995
- Charles Walters (1911-1982), American director and choreographer
- Vernon A. Walters (1917-2002), United States Army officer, diplomat and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Donald Ralph Walters (1969-2003), United States Army Quartermaster Corps Sergeant, recipient of the Silver Star
- William Henry "Bucky" Walters (1909-1991), American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher
- Percy Walters (1863-1936), English footballer
- Julie Walters (b. 1950), Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and BAFTA-award winning English actress
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The Walters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walters 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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