Walker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Walker surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Walker began when someone in that family worked as a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water. The surname Walker is derived from the Old English word wealcere, which means fuller. "In the North of England, fullers' earth is called 'walker's clay,' and a fulling-mill a 'walk-mill.' In Scotland, to walk, still means to full cloth." [1]

Early Origins of the Walker family

The surname Walker was first found in Yorkshire, where they were believed to be descended from a very ancient tribe called the Wealceringas, and the name is considered to be one of the oldest in England. Their early records have been obscured but in the 12th century, they were recorded as landholders in Yorkshire.

"This name is mainly characteristic of the midlands and of the north of England. It is comparatively infrequent in the counties between the Wash and the Thames. It is absent or rare in the southern part of England south of a line joining the mouths of the Thames and the Severn. Its great home in the midlands is in the counties of Derby and Nottinghamshire. In the north it is most frequent in Durham and Yorkshire." [2]

One of the first records of the family was Richard le Walker, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire in 1396. [3]

Important Dates for the Walker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walker research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1260, 1324, 1361, 1725, 1563, 1611, 1677, 1676, 1597, 1673, 1640, 1643, 1661, 1673, 1599, 1658, 1665, 1616, 1699, 1676, 1688, 1704, 1744, 1618 and are included under the topic Early Walker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walker Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Walker has appeared include Walker, Walkere and others.

Early Notables of the Walker family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edward Walker (1611-1677), Garter King of Arms in 1676; Robert Walker (c. 1597-1673), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons of England (1640-1643) and (1661-1673), a strong Royalist during the English Civil War; Robert Walker (1599-1658), an English portrait painter, notable for his portraits of the "Lord...
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Migration of the Walker family to Ireland

Some of the Walker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walker migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Walker arrived in North America very early:

Walker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Walker, Roger Walker, and Isabel Walker, who all immigrated to Virginia in 1623
  • Augustine Walker, who settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Walker, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Grace Walker, aged 34, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Augustine Walker, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1641 [4]
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Walker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [4]
  • Ellen Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Christen Walker, who settled in New Bern, North Carolina in 1710
  • Adrius Walker, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1738
  • Adriess Walker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
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Walker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Walker, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1800 [4]
  • Eliza Walker, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [4]
  • Armstrong Walker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [4]
  • Edwin Walker, who was naturalized in Georgia in 1812
  • David Walker, aged 45, who arrived in Ohio in 1812 [4]
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Walker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Archibald Dunn Walker, who arrived in California in 1901 [4]

Walker migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Walker, a mason who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1773 [5]
  • Mr. Hugh Walker U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 152 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [6]
  • Mrs. Martha Walker U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 295 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [6]
  • Miss. Harriot Walker D. U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 34 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [6]
  • Mr. Jacob Walker U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [6]
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Walker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Walker, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • George Walker, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Catherine Walker, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Margaret Walker, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Joseph Walker, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
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Walker migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Walker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Walker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • William Walker, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • William Walker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Walker, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • George Walker, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
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Walker 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:

Walker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Walker, Australian settler travelling from Port of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on board the ship "David Owen" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 [10]
  • William Walker, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Thomas Walker, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Walker, aged 26, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Eliza Walker, aged 21, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Walker (post 1700)

  • DeMarcus Walker (b. 1994), American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos
  • Stuart Hodge Walker (1923-2018), American Olympic yachtsman, writer and a professor of pediatrics
  • Norman Eugene "Clint" Walker (1927-2018), American actor and singer, known for his starring role as Cheyenne Bodie in the western series Cheyenne from 1955 to 1963
  • Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr. (1937-2017), American blues musician
  • Ed Walker (1932-2015), American radio personality, host of Gunsmoke, The Jack Benny Show, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Superman
  • Mike Walker (1946-2018), American radio personality and gossip columnist for The National Enquirer
  • Addison Morton "Mort" Walker (1923-2018), American comic strip writer, best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954
  • Wyatt Tee Walker (1929-2018), African-American pastor, national civil rights leader, theologian, and cultural historian, Chief of Staff for Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Wayne Harrison Walker (1936-2017), American professional football player and sports broadcaster; he played for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1972
  • Fulton Luther Walker Jr. (1958-2016), American football defensive back who played from 1981 to 1986
  • ... (Another 44 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Walker family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Gregory Walker (b. 1965), American Specialist 4th Class from Manning, South Carolina, USA who died in the crash [11]
  • Mr. Guy William Walker (b. 1963), American Specialist 4th Class from Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA who died in the crash [11]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas Lyle Walker, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. James Walker (1877-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [12]
  • Mr. John W. Henry Walker (1870-1914), "Brigadier" Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mrs. Walker, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Harriet  Walker (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [13]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. David J Walker (1879-1914), Canadian Miner from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [14]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Kenneth James Walker (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from West Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. William Albert Gordon Walker (1918-1941), Australian Leading Signalman from Claremont, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Edward John Walker (1910-1941), Australian Yeoman Of Signals from Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Arthur Joseph Walker (1903-1941), Australian Leading Cook (S) from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas Walker (b. 1914), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Holy Island, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. George T Walker (b. 1921), Scottish Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Albert C Walker (b. 1907), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Skelton, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Bert Walker, English Chief Petty Officer from Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Ivor Walker, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Alan Walker, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Alan Walker, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Walker, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Charles Walker, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. David Lessels Walker, "Lascelles" British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Henry Jones Walker, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Alfred Joseph Walker, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Frederick Walker (1906-1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Eric Walker (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Donald Walker (d. 1939), British Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Cecil Edward Walker (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Thomas Edwin Walker (1941-1988), American Electronics Specialist from Quincy, Massachusetts, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [20]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Walker, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mrs. Gertrude Walker, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Miss Mary Jane Walker, American 2nd Class passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. David Walker, American 1st Class Passenger, Secretary to Dr. Pearson from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Miss Annie Walker, Canadian 1st Class Passenger, Maid to the Allan family from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [21]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Anderson Walker (d. 1912), aged 48, American First Class passenger from East Orange, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James E. Walker, American Quartermaster Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Bill Walker, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [23]

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  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
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  19. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  20. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
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  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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