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The ancestors of the name Walls date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Walls family lived near a stone-built wall. Walls is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Walls referred to a person who lived beside a large stone wall, which was used either for the purpose of fortification, or to keep back the encroachment of the sea. Members of the Walls family were established in Gloucestershire prior to the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066. By the time of the Conquest, they were major landholders in that county.

Walls Early Origins



The surname Walls was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times and appeared as holders of lands in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086 by King William of England. The name was from the Anglo Saxon Wal, meaning a stranger. Wales is a parish, in the union of Worksop, S. division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "This parish, in the Domesday Survey called Walise, belonged to Morcar, Earl of Northumberland, in the reign of Edward the Confessor." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Walls Spelling Variations


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Walls Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Walls are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Walls include: Wall, Walls, Wale, Walles and others.

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Walls Early History


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Walls Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walls research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1210, 1620, 1679, 1647, 1728, 1588, 1666, 1760, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Walls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Walls Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Walls Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William de Wall, the knight who accompanied Strongbow; Saint John Wall, O.F.M., (1620-1679), an English Catholic Franciscan friar, apprehended under suspicion of being a party to the Titus Oates plot, was executed and later honored as a martyr; William Wall (1647-1728), a...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Walls In Ireland


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Walls In Ireland



Some of the Walls family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 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


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Walls or a variant listed above:

Walls Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Walls, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Benjamin Walls, who arrived in Maryland in 1697-1698

Walls Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Walls settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1758

Walls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Walls, who landed in Virginia in 1800
  • James Walls, who landed in America in 1811
  • Teresa Walls, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1812
  • Michael Walls, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Joseph Walls, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Walls Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Phillip Walls was a fisherman of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland in 1745 [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
  • John Walls, a servant, who settled in Argentia, 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

Walls Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Walls arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City of London" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF LONDON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CityOfLondon.gif
  • Thomas Walls, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Matthew Walls, aged 21, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"

Walls Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Walls, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Walls (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Walls (post 1700)



  • William "Bill" Thomas Walls (1914-1993), American professional football tight end
  • Jon Walls, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1994
  • Johnnie E. Walls, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1996
  • Mrs. John M. Walls, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1952
  • John Walls, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 14th District, 1865-67
  • James L. Walls Jr., American politician, Mayor of District Heights, Maryland, 2006-13
  • Fred Walls, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1920
  • F. P. Walls, American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1962
  • Donald G. Walls, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1964
  • David C. Walls, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, 1945-53
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, 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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF LONDON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CityOfLondon.gif

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Walls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walls 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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