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Early Origins of the Walchher family
The surname Walchher was first found in Durham
where the first record of the name was of William Walcher (died 1080), Bishop of Durham
(1070-1080). He was appointed by William the Conqueror to hold that see and was the first non-Englishman to hold the position. The Scottish invasion in 1079 by Malcolm III, plundered Northumberland
for about three weeks. Wallcher with over one hundred
retainers for safety tried to resolve the wrongs but the Northumbrians attacked the Norman party. The Wallcher led retreat to a nearby church proved fruitless as the party were forced out when the church was set afire. They were all killed when they left the blazing church. This same person is recorded as Walcher de Lorraine
in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. William de Wallichville was given lands at the conquest in Derbyshire
and is son given lordships at Nottinghamshire
after the Domesday Book
Early History of the Walchher family
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Walchher Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Walchar, Walcher, Wallichville, Valecherville, Wallich and many more.
Early Notables of the Walchher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Walchher family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Walchher or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..