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Walther is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.
The surname Walther was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst. 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."  "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."  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. 
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Walther family name include Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walther research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1611, 1678, 1566, 1630, 1604, 1675, 1628, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Walther History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walther Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Walther family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Walther family to immigrate North America:
Walther Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Walther Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Walther Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walther 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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