Walke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Walke family

The surname Walke was first found in Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat in Wauchopedale from about the year 1150. Robert de Wauchope was one of twelve knights who negotiated the law of the border territories in 1249.

The abbreviation of Waugh created a separate branch of the Clan, and David Waugh of Lanarkshire, Robert Waugh of Heap, rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. This latter person may have been the same as Robert de Wauchope who also rendered homage for the Wauchopes. [1]

"The border name of Waugh is an abbreviation of Wau-chope, the Waughs are sprung from the Wauchopes and have the same arms." [1]

Later some of the family we found across the border in England, where Willelmus Wahh was registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

"The Waughs, who are now established in England in the counties of Northumberland and Durham, probably hail originally from the Waughs of the Scottish border counties, where the name still has its home, especially in Roxburghshire and Dumfriesshire. The Waughs of Heip, in Roxburghshire, held those lands from the 13th to the 17th century." [3]

Early History of the Walke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walke research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1436, 1448, 1467, 1445, 1178, 1521, 1526, 1536, 1543, 1585, 1649, 1590, 1672, 1656, 1734, 1723, 1751, 1682, 1587, 1589, 1590, 1633, 1664, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Walke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waugh, Wauchope, Waughe, Walge, Wach, Walcht and others.

Early Notables of the Walke family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert de Wauchope; John Waugh (1656-1734), an English clergyman, Bishop of Carlisle from 1723; and his son, John Waugh who became Dean of Worcester in 1751. Sir John Wauchope (d. 1682), of Niddrie, was a Scottish covenanter, descended from the old family of Wauchope of Wauchope in Dumfriesshire, who became proprietors of the lands of Culter, Aberdeenshire, and from the thirteenth century were hereditary baillies in Mid Lothian to the Keith Marischal of Scotland, afterwards Earl Marischal, from whom they obtained the lands of Niddrie Marischal in that county. Robert Wauchope, great-grandfather of Sir...
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Ireland Migration of the Walke family to Ireland

Some of the Walke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Walke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Walke, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Roger Walke, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [4]
Walke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Walke, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [4]
Walke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Walke, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [4]

New Zealand Walke migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Walke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah A. Walke, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Walke (post 1700) +

  • Henry Walke (1809-1896), American Rear Admiral in the United States Navy during the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War, eponym of the USS Walke (DD-34), USS Walke (DD-416) and the USS Walke (DD-723)
  • Anne Fearon "Annie" Walke (1877-1965), English artist from Banstead, Surrey
  • Bernard Walke (1874-1941), English Anglican priest
  • Alexander Walke (b. 1983), German professional football goalkeeper


The Walke Motto +

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: Industria ditat
Motto Translation: Industry enriches.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 6th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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