Walker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Walker surname is derived from the Middle High German term "walker" denoting a person who cleaned and thickened cloth, a fuller. One of the chief industries in Germany during the centuries when surnames became hereditary was the weaving of coarse woolen cloth. After the raw cloth left the loom, it had to be cleansed, scoured, and thickened, and this was done by the walker.

Early Origins of the Walker family

The surname Walker was first found in Germany where records of the name date back to the thirteenth century. In 1253 one Sigelo dictus Welkere was recorded in Weissenburg, and in 1209 Bruno Welkiner was a citizen of Cologne.

Early History of the Walker family

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Walker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Walker, Welker, Walcher, Welcker and others.

Early Notables of the Walker family (pre 1700)

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Walker World Ranking

In the United States, the name Walker is the 25th most popular surname with an estimated 544,653 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Walker is ranked the 41st most popular surname with an estimated 41,592 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Walker is the 920th popular surname. [3] Newfoundland, Canada ranks Walker as 606th with 75 people. [4] France ranks Walker as 6,973rd with 1,000 - 1,500 people. [5] Australia ranks Walker as 14th with 56,838 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Walker as 13rd with 6,485 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Walker as 11st with 140,155 people. [8] South Africa ranks Walker as 830th with 8,390 people. [9]


United States Walker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • Mr. William Walker, British servant to Mr John Gedney departing May 1637 from England aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on 20 June 1637, heading to Salem [10]
  • Mr. William Walker, British servant to John Gedney traveling aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in New England in 1637 [11]
  • Augustine Walker, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1641 [12]
  • ... (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 [12]
  • Ellen Walker, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [12]
  • 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 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Walker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Walker, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1800 [12]
  • Eliza Walker, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [12]
  • Armstrong Walker, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [12]
  • David Walker, aged 45, who arrived in Ohio in 1812 [12]
  • Edwin Walker, who was naturalized in Georgia 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 [12]

Canada 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 [13]
  • 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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
  • Mr. Jacob Walker U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [14]
  • ... (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, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia 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
  • Mr. Charles Walker, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Miss Ellen Walker, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. John Walker, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Charles Walker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • William Walker, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand 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 [18]
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Walker migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
Walker Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Warrant Walker, (b. 1613), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [12]
  • Mr. Joseph Walker, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [20]
  • Miss Grace Walker, (b. 1601), aged 34, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [21]
  • James Walker, who arrived in St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635
  • Grace Walker, aged 34, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Walker (post 1700) +

  • Alice Malsenior Walker (b. 1944), American novelist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 and inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2006 by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • William Alfred "Bill" Walker (1927-2022), Australian-born American composer and conductor from Sydney, New South Wales
  • Alvin "Skip" Walker (1954-2022), American professional football player who was a running back in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1980s
  • Cora Faith Walker (1984-2022), American politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2017-2019)
  • Wyatt Tee Walker (1929-2018), American pastor, national civil rights leader, theologian, and cultural historian, Chief of Staff for Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Jerry Jeff Walker (1942-2020), born Ronald Clyde Crosby, an American country music singer and songwriter, best known for his 1968 hit "Mr. Bojangles"
  • George Herbert "Bert" Walker III (1931-2020), American businessman, diplomat and philanthropist, United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2003 to 2006
  • Robert Hudson Walker Jr. (1940-2019), American actor from Queens, New York
  • 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
  • ... (Another 62 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Gregory Walker (b. 1965), American Specialist 4th Class from Manning, South Carolina, USA who died in the crash [22]
  • Mr. Guy William Walker (b. 1963), American Specialist 4th Class from Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA who died in the crash [22]
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 [23]
  • Mr. James Walker (1877-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [23]
  • 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 [23]
  • Mrs. Walker, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [23]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Harriet  Walker (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [24]
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 [25]
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 [26]
  • 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 [26]
  • 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 [26]
  • 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 [26]
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 [27]
  • 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 [27]
  • 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 [27]
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 [28]
  • Mr. Ivor Walker, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [28]
  • Mr. Alan Walker, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [28]
  • Mr. Alan Walker, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [28]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Walker, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. Charles Walker, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [29]
  • Mr. David Lessels Walker, "Lascelles" British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [29]
  • Mr. Henry Jones Walker, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. Alfred Joseph Walker, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [29]
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 [30]
  • 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 [30]
  • 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 [30]
  • 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 [30]
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 [31]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Walker, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [32]
  • Mrs. Gertrude Walker, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [32]
  • Miss Mary Jane Walker, American 2nd Class passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [32]
  • 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 [32]
  • 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 [32]
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 [33]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. Edward George Charles Walker (b. 1903), British passenger who was Royal Air Force from Winnipeg, Manitoba was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
Triangle Waist Company
  • Miss Celia Walker (b. 1891), "Cecillia", American worker who was at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she survived the fire by sliding down the elevator chute but suffered severe burns [34]
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 [35]
  • 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 [35]


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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