Last name: Walker

This ancient and distinguished surname, with over fifty entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography", and having no less than sixty Coats of Arms, is of Anglo-Scottish origins. It is either an occupational name for a fuller, or a locational name from a place called Walker in Northumberland. If occupational it derives from the pre 7th Century word "wealcere", and describes the work of the fuller to scour and thicken raw cloth in a large vessel containing a water mixture by trampling on it. Job descriptive surnames denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and became hereditary when a son followed the father into the same skill or business. If locational, Walker in Northumberland is recorded as Walkyr in the "Inquisitiones post mortem", dated 1268 from the Old Scandinavian word "kiarr", and means "The wall by the marsh". Early examples of recordings include Robert le Walker, in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire in 1260, whilst Sir Edward Walker (1612 - 1677), was the purchaser of Shakespeare's house at Stratford-on-Avon in 1675. Robert Walker (1789 - 1854) the curate of Seathwaite, Cumberland, was popularly known as "Wonderful Walker", and commemorated by Wordsworth. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard le Walkere. This was dated 1248, in "Select Documents of the Abbey of Bec", Warwickshire, during the reign of Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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J Cooperthwaite

My great grandfather Robert Walker born around 1861 in Poplar area, Middlesex, ran away from home when he was about 16. I'm hoping this rings a bell with someone as I can't find any of his ancestors.

Robert Walker

I'm from Boston, Massachusetts and don't know a lot about my fathers heritage. My mom was a Tague and we traced her roots back to a Patrick Tague who came to Boston in the 1840'3 from Cork, Ireland. Going to Scotland (Edinburgh, Inverness and Aviemore) this July and have just started investigating if my Walker roots go back to Scotland.

Colin Walker

I'm from the west coast of Scotland but have heard the name Walker has some roots in a place called Appin it's a small area near Oban, fort William and glen coe which was clan Stuart territory , my family tartan is "Stuart of Appin" it's a nice tartan btw.

Colin Walker

I'm from the west coast of Scotland but I've heard the name has roots in a place called Apen which is near Glen Coe ,this area was under clan Stuart our family tartan is "Stuart of Apen " it's a nice tartan.

Linnaea Walker
I am scottish, my first and last name are both scottish gaelic and my dad always tells me that our ancestors were keepers of the kings game.. supposedly our family killed all the kings game and was banned from scotland. We then became vikings and traveled to america. Weird stuff, yo.

I have Started my Walker Tree on is a Free site and anyone can join...I need some more "WALKERS" originating from Ireland...My GrandFather David Robert Walker was born in Australia as was his Father Alfred...who went to Australia from Ireland then on to New Zealand...feel free to have a look at my tree. Cheers Dianne

Kristen Walker
My last name is also walker but we don't really know about my family side of walker because my grandma is adopted

Graham Walker
Hi our Walker clan is Haplogroup G and mainly from the Midlands area ie Lichfield, Burntwood, Tipton, and Malvern. As our haplogroup is extremely rare we are very unlikely to be related to the larger Walker groups of Scotland and Yorkshire. All our family have worked with metal in some form or other over the 300 year history that has been traced.

John W Walker

Graham My name is John W Walker Jr and I am a G2a3b1a, G-L140. I have only found a few in our Haplogroup. My father was born in Fort Payne Alabama (1928), my Grand Father John Walter Walker was born in Tupelo Mississippi (1898) his father John Windfield Walker born in Pontotoc Mississippi (1876) and his father Theodore W Walker (1848) in Pontotoc Mississippi and his father Freeman Walker was born 1818-1820 in North Caroline/South Caroline/Georgia or Alabama (to many documents pointing different ways with the same family members. I am on, Family tree DNA, Family search and a few others. You can email me at and then we could share phone numbers and family findings. Johnny Walker

Barbara Kopshina

Graham, I am descended from Thomas Walker who was from Staffordshire. He was born 1829 and died 1896 in DuBois, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA. He was the son of Zachariah Walker and Elizabeth Powell. Please contact me at if you'd like to share information. I have been doing research on this family for the past 7 years. Barb

Mark Walker
I too have the surname of Walker but the "Walker" side of the family has been in Germany as far as we can trace back. My great grandfather indicated that we were Catholics who escaped England to Germany at some point to avoid persecution but I haven't really been able to affirm that at all. Can anyone possibly shed some light on this?

Sam walker
I'm a walker from the Staffordshire area, UK. Not really been able to trace anything about our family surname on my fathers half but I would love to know more about it

Arlene Walker
It's origins lie around the english/scottish border if memory serves me correctly. I've read a scroll similar to the one pictured above which specified this. I'm a Walker from Northern Ireland. It's not an Irish name, athough like many names I'm sure there's an Irish variation of it.

So I am confused - is Walker Irish or English? Or both? Does anyone now of Mary Walker from County Mayo? She is my paternal grandmother. My father was born in Holyoke, MA on 11/04/1921. He was one of eight children. Not sure when Mary Walker came to the USA. She married James Craven. I am not sure where he was from, though I have heard that name can be Irish or English.

I have relatives who are Walkers who live in County Mayo... perhaps it's just a common name in the area.

charley walker
ive never seen my family tree ! but seeing this tells me what my name means on doing so i think that anyone with walker as there surname is amazing! there sarcasm and ethunsiasm is well good! im in school doing this but i just love my last name ! it makes me the person i am<3 contacts me at

Terry Walker
I see a lot of you are from other places than the states. I am a member of the Walker Surname Project at Family Tree DNA. We now have over 800 Walker males tested with over 50 distinct DNA groups. My DNA is located in Group 13 of the Walker Project. We know though one of my DNA matches that our line most likely came to the states during our colonial time from the Leichestershire area of England. We are always looking for Walker males to test especially from Great Britain. If you are a Walker male or have a Walker male in your line and are interested feel free to contact me at

Claudia Walker
I have three brothers from my Walker family. We all live in Northern California.


Hi there, I am Grant Walker from Dundee, Scotland, just came across this and would be interested in finding out more about the Walker Surname Project, can you get in touch, thanks.

Hipa Mccready
Hello! My grandfather's name was William Walker, he was born in NZ early 1900s, apparently his ancestors came from Edingborough Scotland. He married my grandmother whose name was Ina Kotua NZ - he was a very handsome man and my father, Isaac (Ihaka) Walker was the eldest of 8 children. We were told there is also Scandanavian / Viking somewhere in the mix. I enjoy history especially within my heritage and I am a very proud person, to belong to this famous surname called 'WALKER'

jenni walker
hiya im a walker too i grew up in yorkshire as did most of my family i think on my dads side but i dont know any of there names i know theres a william who served in world war 1 and recieved medals not sure which. i also know there is a horold whos wife was florence may these are my grandparents . i cant find any more info as all the genelogy sites charge grrrrrr. i just want my son to know where he came from

Shadale Walker

Im researching my ancestors also and so far I got Scotland

ann walker
on who do you think you are , (about graman norton ) it said all walkers came to carnew in ireland from Yorkshire. they came to ireland form yorkshire all to carnew and spread from there. so i could be related to graman norton, since i am very close to carnew..... so far the walker first names i know off are thomas and peter.

Willie Walker
Hi Ann I am of that Walker Clan that went to Carnew in 1713 and Graham Norton is related if you want to know more contact me

Lee walker
Hi this is the first time I have ever thought about chasing down my family name but don't know where to start I'm confused but more than ever I have loved my last name it makes me the person who I am,

Freda Dockrell (nee Walker)
Hi Everyone,

As you can see, I was born a Walker in Middlesex. My father, George Henry Walker, was born in London on 14th May 1917. My grandfather was Henry Anthony Walker, also born in London and my great grandfather was Anthony Charles Walker. That's as far as I've got.

iain walker

My grandfather was a Cockney that's about as much as I know about my surname. I'm Scottish

greg walker
we have tied our family line back to 1525, does anybody have any more info before then?

Ryan Mac an Fhuicdair
My name is Scottish gaelic for Walker i'm scottish and live in Edinburgh :)

J - Walker
Hello fellow Walkers of the world. By the way J is first initial so i like to be called J - Walker sometimes :)

thank you very much!!!! for your effort to compile many surnames and make a database for it!!!!!!!!!!!! we really appreciate it:))))!!!!!

Hannah Walker
I am a walker but i dont know when the name got to my family form ireland or scotland

Kermit Walker
Hello. I'm a Walker. I was born in Puerto Rico, my dad was born there and my grandfather. I never met my grand father. I was told that I get my last name from a woman who was brought to PR and spoke no english nor spanish. I have been told that the paternal last name should have been Suarez. I'm trying to find information as to where the last name walker originates and how it got to PR. Any suggestions welcome. Thank you.

Beverley walker
Hi... I'm a walker also...! This whole thing blows my mind but I really want to know more and wish I understood it all...! :)

Kaitlyn Walker
I am a Walker as well. My father is Glenn Walker and my grandfather was Barry Walker, who died recently. I don't know anything of my family history past him. I've heard that my ancestors were Welsh but came to Australia sometime in the past. I wish I knew more!

s g walker
looking for the ansestors of charles walker went to usa about 1920 born in longford ireland tully granard/ was in police in eire ,may have joined in usa.many thanks sgw.

Jacque Flood
My name is Jacque,I have the Walker name on both sides my father was Samuel Walker he always told us they were of Vikings decent. My mum was Etta Walker that was her maiden name married a Walker my dad,she told us she was of French decent.both were born in Northern Ireland my dad in Millisle,my mum in Belfast.I have a book that takes my dad's family back to 1729 in Northern Ireland.

This is very interesting Jacque. Firstly I am a Walker and my father paid to get his genetic marker found by testing his dna and its was in fact Nordic which is what the Vikings were and the Scandinavians are. Also the furthest my family can trace there ancestors is to nearly the exact time as you, but in Ireland. Walkers mainly descended from Yorkshire and on further research I am pretty sure my family came with Cromwell and after defeating all of Ireland Cromwells army resettled big parts of Ireland. Remember they wanted to wipe out Catholicism and make Ireland Protestant so I am guessing between the invasion and 1729 they become more Irish and possibly hid there history. This was back in the day where once you settled a land especially a solider you wouldn't of ever gone home, The coincidental dates make me wonder. Walkers are not from Ireland at all but England.

My name,Rowan Mark Walker,sais it all,Rowan is celtic,Mark is romano british and Walker is I still don't know.I think maybe it is an anglosisation for a much older word.I take heed of everything that has been said but I feel there is more to it.

Sandi minor
Hello to all! It is terrific to see all these comments. I also am a Walker. My Fathers name was James Walker born to Seth Walker. My Dad like a lot of yours always said he was Scotch/Irish. Born in Kentucky. But after he passed ,I visited his much younger sister in N.C. And of course asking questions & talking about my Grandfather, that I never knew.(He had passed away by the time I was born.) She said that My Dad was wrong, she saw papers where my gr-Dad was from France. Maybe he was transplanted there?? the name doesn't seem to have any French roots, If any of you have any info on this, I'd love to here about it. Thanks in advance.

Rebecca Moren
My Great Grandmother is a Walker by birth, Her name was- Miranda Catherine Smithson-Walker and married a Conley and in her pictures she looks pale with vibrant Red hair...and her dress looks very interesting the patterns on the apron look Scottish.

Hannah Walker
My sister has bright red hair, but apart from my great grandads sister, nobody else we know in the family had red hair.

Alphonsus Walker
For those who do not know, there are also ethnically Irish Walkers. I am a Walker and my own paternal haplogroup is R1b1a2a1a1b4 which is South Irish (Irish type II). Irish forms of the surname Walker include Mac an Siubhail, Mac Shiubhlaigh, Mac Siulai, Mac Suibhail, and O'Siubhail. Scot and Scot-Irish Walkers were oringinally Mac an Fhucadair. My paternal roots originated in the south of Ireland in the province of Munster. My family were prefamine immigrants to the U.S.. One can have DNA test done to determine his SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) from which his paternal haplogroup can be determined. Irish Walkers might be interested in joining the Ireland yDNA project and/or the R-L21 South Irish project at FamilytreeDNA. There is also a Walker surname project.

Hi My grandmother was Mary Walker from County Mayo. I have recently begun to search for information about her. This is interesting what you have posted here. I would like to find out if she was Irish or English-

tommy walker
hi ann my name tommy walker from blacksod co mayo

Hi Tommy: It is nice connecting here. How can I find out information about my grandmother's family? Do you have a Mary Walker in your family? She married James Craven and moved to Holyoke, MA U.S.A. They were my father's parents.

Tom Walker
Hi Anne, My paternal parentage is also from county Mayo. My grandfather was called Michael Walker and would have been born around the beginning of the 20th Century, he lived in Binghamstown. I know that there are loads of Walkers in and around the Mullet Peninsula area of Mayo. I will speak to my father and see if he had a great aunty or distant cousin called Mary who moved to the USA.

It is quite often assumed that Walkers when found in Ireland are descendants of English or Scottish origin. Some are but that is not always the case. Many Walkers who have roots in Ireland are infact of Irish celtic stock. Present day DNA tests for SNP on the y-chromosome can determine a man's deep ancestral roots. If you know of any male descendants of your grandmother's father who are living today, you might want to ask one of them to give a DNA sample, it's very simple to do. Deep clade SNP tests can be ran on that sample to determine if her father belong to an Irish y-dna haplogroup or another haplogroup. First you will need to contact one of the companies that do dna testing for ancestral purposes such as FamilyTreeDNA. Some people don't have a living male descendant of their grandmother's father to give a dna sample. If your grandmother or her father was a Catholic then she was probably a native Irish Walker. Most native Irish remained Catholics while some converted to Protestants. Some Protestant Walkers are also of native Irish stock but the descendants of most English and Scottish settlers in Ireland are usually Protestants

tommy walker
hi name i tommy walker from blacksod co mayo need more info n dna sample

interesting alph my father george whose family were dublin protestants hes irish name was soscie macsuibhail kings of munster .iused to laugh it off thought he was joking

My mother was a Veronica Walker whose parents were Albert H.Walker and Harriet( Mathews) married at St Kilians Bendigo 1897. Veronica had two sisters Irene and Mary and one brother Frank.My Mother Vera as she was known, married a Bill Kingshott who died early, they had one son Ronald.Vera then remarried to Eugene I. Costigan ,they had four children Valma, Brian, Marie, Denis and Ron Kingshott who became a Costigan

Well I have to say I found these postings do to the fact I heard something that made me want to know the origin of the surname Walker. I am a Walker myself who has always believed I was of Irish decent, my parents have never said anything to the contrary. I am a red hair, fair skinned and freckled. I have to say I have never really had the desire to trace my family line do to the fact no one can tell you much in the first place. I think most all my traits both physical and not scream Irish, so to that note I must descend from those which migrated to Ireland so long ago. I am proud to think I descend from Ireland and that is good enough for me. Happy hunting folks I will try to return to see how the posting is going.

William James Johnson Walker
Funny (not humorous) My family bible dating to 1679 and a few written deeds , grants, personel letters etc. dating back to one written by a monk (don't ask me a historian said that almost 100 years ago) who wrote it for an ancestor, sayes. My branch of the family came from what is now Wrenn (close by that is) went to Ireland in the late 1500's then to France and Spain before ending up in Florida USA as mercenaries, from there they traveled north up the coast, then entered the PeeDee river system moving north west finally settling in the mountains of North Carolina that would have been before 1650. Try checking the North Carolina Museum of Natural History and the Old Salem (also in NC) documents of the Moravian Church for info on this branch of the family. There are a number of John and James Walker(s) listed in these years in the archives of Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland and Tyron Counties of NC, As far as German our family bible started out being written in Gaelic, English and French, The first listing of occupation was as a messenger for the king of England who traveled on foot. There is no mention anywhere of anyone before 1411 by name that I have found for my branch. Good luck to the rest of you, I hope you find what you want or at least the truth. Fo me I am happy to be who and what I am just another honorable man in an honorable family with a grand history of service to our countries.

I'm a Walker from Gaston County NC I have been on the hunt for years on my family history but I get stuck with my 2x great grand father James Walker. His son my great grand father James Henry Walker was killed in Ohio by a hitch hiker. My grand father was Albert James Walker If anyone can help with further info please e-mail me Thanks, Chris Walker

Battles between Welsh and English and lots of the old families were killed and kicked of there lands for backing the wrong side. Your's probs backed the right one and was rewarded land and prestige. Although it's strange that the Walkers were an ancient clan before writing. How would that of happened? By the way who did you manage to find in 1411?

I don't know what "the 'Scots-Irish' fantasy" means, but the information we have is that my great-great grandfather, Robert Walker was born in Belfast about 1823. He would have been part of a movement of people from northern England or Scotland (the Scots-Irish) who made Northern Ireland their home. My Walker ancestors were Presbyterians, part of a movement that took away the rights of Irish Catholics to live where they wanted and to own property, a source of conflict in Ulster that lasted until recently. My ancestors had emigrated to Canada by 1860, probably because of "the troubles" - what we in North America call the potato famine. The Celtic languages survive in Scotland, Ireland and Wales , but have their origin in Europe, particularly Austria. The Celts arrived in the British Isles before the Angles and Saxons, but were also immigrants from Continental Europe. A question to ponder: What makes a place "Our home and native land"? (Reference is to O Canada, the Canadian national anthem)

The problem with modern identity wars is the money to be made from them and the number of lying American genealogy sites fixated with Ireland and Scotland. Walker is of Germanic provenance. It has nothing to do with Scotland (similarly there were no 'celts' in these islands). The Lowland Scotland region, it is important to remember, was English from the 7th century onwards. It has so many English or Anglo-Norman names for that reason. The 'language of Burns' is almost wholly Anglo-Saxon for the same reason. Such facts also give the lie to the 'Scots-Irish' fantasy currently being peddled in Northern Ireland - again entirely the product of hostile political manoeuvering - since the Border Rievers cleared by James II were all of English descent anyway. You see what they DON'T teach your children in school? Ask yourself why.

I've always had an odd first name. And always believed I was english/Irish/Scotish. Because my family was a combination but it's good to know that I have scotish blood.

I live in a small town On the boarders of lancashire and yorkshire, the population is roughly 20,000 and there are more then 3 famlies with the surname walker and non of them are father was a walker but i have my mothers name Buckley that is also very scottish/irish i find it amazing that we are all somehow related down the line and that the walkers have become so wide spread from being a small clan all those hundreds of years ago

I'm an African-American woman whose last name is Walker. When I went to Scotland for 6 months I was astonished to see how many Walkers there were. In my religious congregation, whenever they called on 'Sister Walker', we all looked around to see which one the minister meant! Still researching the family history but my late father's name was Egbert Randolph Walker. We think that is a very 'la-di-dah' or Brits would say 'posh' name. Small world.

jasmine walker
I am an african-american "walker woman" too. I've never met any other Walkers outside my family.glad to see they're out there! =-)

i'm a walker and respect that cause its my fourfathers name

My daughters last name is Walker. That's pretty neat.

walker lad
walker is anglosaxon germanic from england cousins of north western germans and dutch and south danish west germanic peoples not irish celtic mangham or mangan is celtic from ireland

Hello Bonnie, the irish comedian Graham Norton's real name is Walker. His ancestors went to Ireland from Yorkshire in the 1700s. The Walkers were known as being english for generations.

Have always been told we were of Irish descent...but people kept telling me the name Walker was either English or Scottish. I just discovered there is a clan that immigrated to Ireland, Province of Ulster, in the 17th century. So, I guess my ancestors could be considered Irish. My father always said we were "black" Irish...whatever that means.

michael walker
Hi bonnie i have the same story as you my granfather is irish my dad was from liverpool i was told the same thing when i was a kid

i think black irish is another name for Protestant. walker is a protestant name. would love to know when and how some changed to Catholic

my spanish grandfather carrys a little visigothic blood cos his last name fernandez is germanic visigoth origin from east germany anglosaxons came from north west germany and south denmark

i have a small amount of irish celtic gael blood but i-m mostly anglosaxon danish viking english and some iberian roman spanish i take after my english side in looks cos i look proper anglosaxon or danish viking but i carry both bloods

i-m a walker and proud of it very common in yorkshire and my mum comes from there i got a lot of anglosaxon blood in me and some danish viking of course

walker name is anglosaxon english or scottish its a germanic name not celtic very similiar to german word welker

Georgia Walker
Lol my brother's name is Angus Walker and my uncle's name is Ian Ross- how much more scottish can you get :)? Even though I live in australia lol but I only have a small amount of Scottish in my genetic makeup, I'm mostly russian and eastern european and french. I love my last name because it isn't that common.

Jennifer Walker
We just found out Walker is also a variation of Welker which is German and can be an occupational name or a location name as well.