Walter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Walter family

The surname Walter was first found in Silesia, where the name was associated in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape and define European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Walter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walter research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1699, 1782, 1712, 1740, 1170, 1230, 1708, 1430, 1504, 1651 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Walter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Walter, Walters, Walther, Waltherr and others.

Early Notables of the Walter family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Walter were Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230), who was a renowned mediaeval poet. Johann Christoph Walters was the mayor of the city Hirschberg in Silesia and was ennobled...
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United States Walter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Walter, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]
Walter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Casper Walter from England settled in New York in 1709 with his wife and nine children
  • John George Walter from England settled in New York with his wife and five children in 1709
  • Caspar Walter, who immigrated to America with his wife and their nine children in 1709
  • Barnard Walter, aged 58, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Barbara Walter, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Walter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Walter, who arrived in Ohio in 1832
  • Abraham Walter, who landed in Ohio in 1832 [1]
  • A. M. Walter, who settled in America in 1836
  • Baptiste Walter, aged 27, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Heinrich Walter to Texas with his wife Rosine Holzhaueser (1845)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Walter migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Miss. Mary Walter U.E. (b. 1778), aged 5 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 41 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. Martin Walter U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Philip Walter U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Australia Walter migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Walter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Walter, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Walter, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Walter, Welsh convict from Glamorgan, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Vincent Walter, (b. 1813), aged 25, Cornish farmer and miner travelling aboard the ship "James Pattison" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th December 1838 [6]
  • Mrs. Ann Walter, (b. 1813), aged 25, Cornish laundress travelling aboard the ship "James Pattison" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th December 1838 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Walter 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:

Walter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Walter, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. Richard Walter, (b. 1816), aged 24, British farm labourer and gardener travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [7]
  • Mr. John Walter, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [7]
  • Mr. Alfred Walter, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [7]
  • Mrs. Sarah Walter, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Walter Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Stanley Walter, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Walter (post 1700) +

  • Jessica Walter (b. 1941), American Primetime Emmy Award winning and two-time Golden Globe nominated actress, known for her role in the film Play Misty for Me
  • Andrew Walter (b. 1982), American football quarterback
  • Eugene Ferdinand Walter (1921-1998), American screenwriter, poet, short-story author, actor, puppeteer, gourmet chef, cryptographer, translator, editor, and costume designer
  • Bruno Walter (1876-1962), renowned German-born American conductor, known for his interpretations of Mahler and Mozart
  • Francis Eugene Walter (1894-1963), American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Steffi Martin Walter (1962-2017), East German luger
  • Horst Walter (1939-2015), German footballer who played from 1957 to 1972, member of the East Germany National Team in 1962
  • Norbert Walter (1944-2012), German economist, Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank from 1990 to 2009
  • Joachim Walter (b. 1940), former East German football player
  • Ulrich Hans Walter (b. 1954), German physicist/engineer and a former astronaut with 9 days, 23 hours, and 40 minutes in space
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Helmut Walter (b. 1916), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [8]
  • Herbert Walter (1919-1986), German Maschinengefreiter serving aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [8]
  • Gerhard Walter (1923-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William F P Walter (b. 1908), English Warrant Engineer serving for the Royal Navy from Bognor Regis, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Walter +

  • 144 Families of Eliza Walters & Benjamin Franklin Johnson of Orange Co., Indiana by James Walters Johnson, My Cooley-Walters Ancestry in from Fairchance, Penna., and Surrounding Areas by Kathryn Mercedes Cooley Miller.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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