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The name Walden is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in or near any of the places named Walden in Essex, Hertfordshire, and Northern Yorkshire. Walden is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Walden comes from the Old English words wealh and denu, which mean foreigner and valley. Thus, the surname would have been given to a person who was a stranger from a valley. Another source claims a slightly different origin of the place name: "The name Walden is said to be derived from the Saxon words Weald and Den, signifying a woody valley. At a latter period the place was called Waldenburgh. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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The surname Walden was first found in Essex at Saffron Walden. "The name Walden is said to be derived from the Saxon words Weald and Den, signifying a woody valley. At a latter period the place was called Waldenburgh; and in the reign of Stephen." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Some of the family were granted the lands of Walden Abbey and adopting their surname from those lands. However, while the name originates in this county, the first on record was Godeman de Waldena who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176 in Hertfordshire. Simone de Waldene was listed in 1304 in Yorkshire. Another early record of the name is of Thomas Walden, recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Essex, 1377. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Today, Saffron Walden is a market town in Uttlesford district of Essex, home of Walden Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, founded by Geoffrey de Mandeville, 1st Earl of Essex between 1136 and 1143. Walden and Walden Head are hamlets in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire and Walden Stubbs is a village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Walden family name include Walden, Waldern, Waldon, Waldew and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walden research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1401, 1372, 1388, 1390, 1406, 1397, 1405, 1406, 1387 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Walden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Sir Alexander Walden (died 1401), knighted by 1372, Member of Parliament for Essex (1388-1390); Roger Walden (died 1406), Archbishop of Canterbury in 1397, an English...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Walden surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Walden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Walden, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Humphrey and Robert Walden who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Humphrey Walden, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Sam Walden who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Walden, aged 16, arrived in Virginia in 1635
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Walden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Walden settled in Maryland in 1722

Walden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gustavus Walden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839

Walden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Margaret Walden U.E. (b. 1763), aged 20 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 600 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Walden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alice Walden, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Walden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Walden, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Thomas Walden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Emily Walden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Amity Hall" in 1850
  • Richard Walden, aged 22, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • Joseph Walden, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Walden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Walden landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship Governor
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  • Gregory Paul Walden (b. 1957), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1999-)
  • William Garrett "W.G. Snuffy" Walden (b. 1950), American multiple Emmy Award nominated musician and composer, recipient of 26 BMI Awards
  • Jordan Craig Walden (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves
  • Narada Michael Walden (b. 1952), American producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter
  • Ebenezer Walden (1777-1857), American politician from Buffalo, New York
  • Henry Walden (1883-1968), American aeronautical engineer and builder of the first US monoplane in 1909
  • Hiram Walden (1800-1880), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1836; U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1849-51
  • Ira Walden, American Republican politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Alexander County, 1915-16
  • J. A. Walden, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1884
  • J. Irvin Walden, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1952
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Walden Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. David Heron Walden, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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