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Where did the Welsh Walling family come from? What is the Welsh Walling family crest and coat of arms? When did the Walling family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Walling family history?

The Walling surname comes from the Anglo-Norman personal name Walweyn, the Old German forename Waldwin, or the Old English personal name Wealdwine, which means power-friend.


Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Walling has occasionally been spelled Walwyn, Wallwyn, Wallin, Walwin and others.

First found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where the family claim descent from Gualgnain or Gwalwynne, who was King Arthur's sister's son, as attested by historians William of Malmesbury, and Robert of Gloucester. The name traces its roots to Normandy where Geoffry Wawein was listed there in 1198. The Domesday Book lists the name as Walduinus in Staffordshire. [1] Later in 1205, Welwin was listed in Essex.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walling research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1389 are included under the topic Early Walling History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Walling

Walling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Walling, who landed in New Jersey in 1687

Walling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Walling, who arrived in America in 1783

Walling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cath Walling, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Jesse Walling, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • John Walling, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Everett Walling, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • J. W. Walling, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Brazil, in 1897

Walling Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Walling, aged 50, who landed in America from London, in 1900
  • Frank Walling, aged 28, who settled in America from Plymouth, England, in 1904
  • Clifford Walling, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Joseph Walling, aged 56, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Bessie Walling, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1909

Walling Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • H. Clayton Walling, aged 27, who settled in Ottawa, Ont., in 1907


  • Esther K. Walling (b. 1940), American former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Lynne H. Walling, British professor of mathematics at University of Bristol, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012
  • Ansel Tracy Walling (1824-1896), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1875-1877)
  • William English Walling (1877-1936), American labor reformer and Socialist Republican, founder of the National Women's Trade Union League in 1903, co-founder of the NAACP in 1909
  • Dayne Walling (b. 1974), American politician, 92nd Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan (2009-)
  • Dennis Martin "Denny" Walling (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1975 to 1992
  • William "Will" Walling (1872-1932), American actor of the silent era who appeared in 60 films between 1921 and 1932
  • Dean Anthony Walling (b. 1969), English-born former Kittian professional footballer
  • Sir Sydney Walling (1907-2009), Antiguan cricketer who played for Antigua and Barbuda during the 1930s and 1940s
  • Alex J. "A.J." Walling (b. 1948), Canadian sports analyst and broadcaster



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: Drwy rynwedd gward
Motto Translation: In this cause I would bleed.


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  11. ...

The Walling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walling 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.

This page was last modified on 25 November 2015 at 08:21.

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