Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Walshire family
The surname Walshire was first found in Durham
where the first record of the name was of William Walcher (died 1080), Bishop of Durham
(1070-1080). He was appointed by William the Conqueror to hold that see and was the first non-Englishman to hold the position. The Scottish invasion in 1079 by Malcolm III, plundered Northumberland
for about three weeks. Wallcher with over one hundred
retainers for safety tried to resolve the wrongs but the Northumbrians attacked the Norman party. The Wallcher led retreat to a nearby church proved fruitless as the party were forced out when the church was set afire. They were all killed when they left the blazing church. This same person is recorded as Walcher de Lorraine
in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. William de Wallichville was given lands at the conquest in Derbyshire
and is son given lordships at Nottinghamshire
after the Domesday Book
Early History of the Walshire family
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Walshire Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Walshire include Walchar, Walcher, Wallichville, Valecherville, Wallich and many more.
Early Notables of the Walshire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Walshire family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Walshires to arrive on North American shores: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..