Walters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Walters was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.

Early Origins of the Walters family

The surname Walters was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst.

Walter of Lorraine (d. 1079), was Bishop of Hereford, a native of Lotharingia or Lorraine, was chaplain of Edith or Eadgyth (d. 1075), the Confessor's queen, and as a reward of his industry was appointed to the bishopric of Hereford at Christmas 1060. [1]

Walter of Palermo ( fl. 1170), was Archbishop of Palermo, primate and chancellor of Sicily, and was sent to Sicily by Henry II of England as an instructor for young William II of Sicily. [1]

Hubert Walter (c.1160-1205) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor. Weeton in Lancashire was an early home of the family. "This place, in Domesday Book called Widetun, was early in the family of Walter." [2]

"The church [of Woolvercott in Lancashire], situated on the bank of the Isis, has a sepulchral chapel on the north side, containing a stately monument to the family of Walter, of whom David Walter was High Sheriff of the county, and commanded a regiment of horse under Charles I. in the parliamentary war." [2]

About the same time, Greenalgh with Thistleton, again in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. It was here that the manor of Greenalgh-cum-Thistleton was held in the reign of Charles I. [2]

Early History of the Walters family

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Walters 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 Walters include Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.

Early Notables of the Walters family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Walter or FitzWalter (d. 1412?), an early astrologer, educated at Winchester and Oxford. He died at Winchester, and was buried there about 1412. [1] Sir John Walter (1566-1630), was an English judge, second son of Edmund Walter of Ludlow, Shropshire. [1] Henry...
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Ireland Migration of the Walters family to Ireland

Some of the Walters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Walters migration to the United States +

In England 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 Walterss to arrive on North American shores:

Walters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Walters, who settled in Virginia in 1618
  • Richard Walters, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Joane Walters, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • Nathanl Walters, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • Humphrey Walters, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [3]
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Walters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Walters, who landed in Virginia in 1721 [3]
  • Christoph Walters, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [3]
  • Abel Walters, who settled in America in 1766
  • Jonah Walters, who landed in Mississippi in 1799 [3]
Walters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Walters, who arrived in New York in 1832 [3]
  • Joh Heinr Walters, who landed in America in 1837 [3]
  • Abraham Walters, who settled in Indiana sometime between 1838 and 1849
  • August Walters, aged 35, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848 [3]
  • Conrad Walters, aged 13, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848 [3]
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Walters Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mathias Walters, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1900 [3]

Canada Walters migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Walters Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Walters, a fisherman, settled in Trinity, Newfoundland, in 1757 [4]
Walters Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Walters was a gun-maker of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1806 [4]
  • Jesse Walters, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Mr. William Walters, (b. 1815), aged 40, English miner, from Bere Alston, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Walters, (b. 1815), aged 40, English settler, from Bere Alston, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she survived the sinking [5]
  • Mr. Richard Walters, (b. 1841), aged 14, English miner, from Bere Alston, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [5]
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Australia Walters migration to Australia +

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

Walters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Walters, English convict who was convicted in Hereford, Herefordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Richard Walters, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Samuel Walters, a bricklayer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ann Walters, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Jane Walters, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
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New Zealand Walters 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:

Walters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Walters, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Walters, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Walters, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Walters, who landed in Papatoitoi, New Zealand in 1840
  • Richard Walters, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
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Contemporary Notables of the name Walters (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Gene "Dan" Walters (1966-2020), American Major League Baseball catcher for the San Diego Padres in the 1992 and 1993 seasons
  • Rita Deloris White Walters (1930-2020), American politician who served on the Board of Library Commissioners for the Los Angeles Public Library
  • Barbara Jill Walters (b. 1929), American three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning, twenty-two-time nominated broadcast journalist and author, inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Bill Walters (1943-2013), American lawyer, businessman, and politician
  • Jamie Walters (b. 1969), American actor, singer, and record producer
  • David Lee Walters (b. 1951), American Governor of Oklahoma from 1991 to 1995
  • Charles Walters (1911-1982), American director and choreographer
  • Vernon A. Walters (1917-2002), United States Army officer, diplomat and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Donald Ralph Walters (1969-2003), United States Army Quartermaster Corps Sergeant, recipient of the Silver Star
  • William Henry "Bucky" Walters (1909-1991), American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher
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HMS Hood
  • Mr. Douglas T Walters (b. 1919), English Assistant Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Riddings, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Roy Morgan Walters, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Spurgeon Walters Jr., American Fire Controlman Third Class from New Mexico, 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 [11]
  • Mr. Clarence Arthur Walters, American Seaman Second Class from California, 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 [11]


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  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
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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