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The Anglo-Saxon name Walton comes from when the family resided in one of the many places called Walton found throughout England. The surname Walton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The surname Walton was first found in Somerset at Walton-In-Gordano, a parish, in the union of Bedminster, hundred of Portbury. "This manor was owned by Ralph de Mortimer, kinsman of William the Conqueror; some of his family were earls of March, and under them the manor was held for several generations by Richard de Walton and his descendants."  However, some of the family also held estates at Walton-On-The-Hill in Lancashire from early times. "In the time of Edward the Confessor, Winestan, a Saxon, held Waletone; and soon after the Conquest a family named Waleton or Walton is mentioned as having possessions here. By a charter of the 2nd of John, the king granted all his land in Waleton to Richard de Mida, son of Gilbert de Waleton; and the same family is named in connexion with various legal acts in subsequent reigns. In the 15th century, Roger Walton died without male issue, and his two daughters carried their inheritance to their husbands." 
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 Walton include Walton, Waltone and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walton research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1351, 1600, 1661, 1593 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Walton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Walton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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:
Walton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Walton settled in Virginia in 1623
- William Walton settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1630
- Richard Walton, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1634
- William Walton, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
- Daniel Walton who settled in Virginia in 1635
Walton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Walton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Samuel Walton, who arrived in Virginia in 1710
- Margeratt Walton, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
Walton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Walton, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1800
- Charles Walton, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
- Georgette Walton, who landed in New York in 1822
- Jacob Walton, who landed in New York in 1822
- Mary Ann Walton, who arrived in New York in 1822
Walton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maurice Walton, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
- Morris Walton, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
Walton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Thomas Walton settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1775
Walton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Walton, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
- S. Walton, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork
Walton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Edgar Walton, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Walton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Christopher Walton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- John Walton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Alfred Conrad Walton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
- Caroline Walton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
- George Frederick Walton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
Walton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ann Walton, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- James Walton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Ursula
- J Walton landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
- Joseph Walton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
- Mary Ann Walton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
- Cedar Anthony Walton Jr. (1934-2013), American hard bop jazz pianist
- S. Robson Walton (b. 1945), American lawyer and Wal-Mart heir, Chairman of the Board
- Alice Walton (b. 1949), American heiress, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton
- Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton (1918-1992), American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Walmart and Sam's Club, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- George Walton (1741-1804), American signer of Declaration of Independence
- Sir John Nicholas Walton (1922-2016), Baron Walton of Detchant, English neuroscientist and life peer
- Billy Walton (1871-1963), English footballer
- Sir William Turner Walton OM (1902-1983), English composer, his best-known works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast, the Viola Concerto, and the First Symphony
- Alan G. Walton OBE (1936-2015), British scientist, Chairman of Oxford Bioscience Corporation and was instrumental in the development and funding of the Human Genome Project
- Mr. Clarence W Walton, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- A Brief Historical and Genealogical Account of the Walton Family by Hattie E. Walton.
- Kith and Kin of Willie Adam Walton and Ethel Mae King by June Roper Walton.
- The Waltons of Brunswick County, Virginia By Joe C. Tinney.
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: Murus aeneus virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is a wall of brass.
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The Walton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walton 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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