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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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.

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!

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...! :)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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'

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

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tammy Walker Parker
Through my cousins research.. we are Devendra from John Walker from Wigton, Scotland which is one of the first families of Tennessee... interested in knowing if we still have more descendants in Scotland which does not through the absence of mail during that I'm period that his name lived on.... my email is