Whalls is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived near a stone-built wall. Whalls 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 Whalls 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 Whalls family were established in Gloucestershire
prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066. By the time of the Conquest, they were major landholders in that county.
Early Origins of the Whalls family
The surname Whalls 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Whalls family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whalls research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1210, 1303, 1352, 1620, 1679, 1647, 1728, 1588, 1666, 1760, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Whalls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whalls Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Whalls family name include Wall, Walls, Wale, Walles and others.
Early Notables of the Whalls family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Wale (1303-1352), an English soldier and co-founder of the Knight of the Garter; 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... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whalls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Whalls family to Ireland
Some of the Whalls 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.
Migration of the Whalls family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Whalls surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Walls, a servant, who settled in Argentia, Newfoundland in 1773; Phillip Walls was a fisherman of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland in 1745; William Walls settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1758.