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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Walker Early Origins



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.

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Walker Spelling Variations


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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.

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Walker Early History


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Walker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walker research. Another 255 words (18 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.

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Walker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Walker Early Notables (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...

Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Walker In Ireland


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Walker In Ireland



Some of the Walker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Augustine Walker, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1641
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Walker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Ellen Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Christen Walker, who came to New Bern, North Carolina in 1710
  • Adrius Walker, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1738
  • Adriess Walker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
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Walker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Walker, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Eliza Walker, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Armstrong Walker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Edwin Walker, who was naturalized in Georgia in 1812
  • David Walker, aged 45, arrived in Ohio in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Walker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Archibald Dunn Walker, who arrived in California in 1901

Walker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Walker, a mason who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1773 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • 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 [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
  • 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 [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
  • 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 [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
  • Mr. Jacob Walker U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Walker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Walker, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • George Walker, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Catherine Walker, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Margaret Walker, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Joseph Walker, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • William Walker, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • William Walker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • John Walker, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • George Walker, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Walker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Walker landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Thomas Walker landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Walker, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Eliza Walker, aged 21, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • George Walker, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Walker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Walker (post 1700)



  • Fulton Luther Walker Jr. (1958-2016), American football defensive back who played from 1981 to 1986
  • Ronald Warren Walker (1939-2016), American historian in the Latter Day Saint movement, professor at Brigham Young University, president of the Mormon History Association
  • Robert J. "Bob" Walker (1929-2016), American third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
  • Olene Walker (1930-2015), née Smith, an American politician, 15th Governor of Utah (2003-2005), 4th Lieutenant Governor of Utah (1993-2003)
  • Ed Walker (1932-2015), American radio personality, host of Gunsmoke, The Jack Benny Show, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Superman
  • Sam Sims Walker (1925-2015), American United States Army General, Commanding General of Allied Land Forces, South East Europe from 1977 to 1978
  • Daniel J. "Dan" Walker (1922-2015), American lawyer, businessman, 36th Governor of Illinois (1973-1977)
  • Addison Morton Walker (1923-1950), better known as Mort Walker, is an American comic artist, known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954
  • Paul William Walker IV (1973-2013), American actor, best known for his roles in The Fast and the Furious film series
  • Shannon Walker (b. 1965), American scientist and a NASA astronaut with over 163 days in space
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Walker Historic Events


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Walker Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Gregory Walker (b. 1965), American Specialist 4th Class from Manning, South Carolina, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Guy William Walker (b. 1963), American Specialist 4th Class from Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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 on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. James Walker (1877-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Walker, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Harriet  Walker (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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 on June 19 1914

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 on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. William Albert Gordon Walker (1918-1941), Australian Leading Signalman from Claremont, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Edward John Walker (1910-1941), Australian Yeoman Of Signals from Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Joseph Walker (1903-1941), Australian Leading Cook (S) from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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 on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George T Walker (b. 1921), Scottish Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert C Walker (b. 1907), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Skelton, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ivor Walker, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Bert Walker, English Chief Petty Officer from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alan Walker, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alan Walker, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Walker, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Walker, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. David Lessels Walker, "Lascelles" British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Henry Jones Walker, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Joseph Walker, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Walker, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Gertrude Walker, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Mary Jane Walker, American 2nd Class passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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
  • 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

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

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Suggested Readings for the name Walker


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Suggested Readings for the name Walker



  • Ancestors and Descendants of the Walker Lathrop Family of Chelsea , Vermont by M. Gudmundson Walker.
  • The Genealogy of the Families of Formon-Boisclair, Walker, Beers, Lacy by Mary W. Meadows.
  • Genealogy of the Vale, Walker, Littler and Other Related Families by George Walker Vale.

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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: Honesta Quam Magna
Motto Translation: How Great are Honourable Deeds.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  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
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Walker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walker 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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