Last name: Wallace
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Robert Francis Wallace
My family left County Laios (Queen) circa 1850. Believe three brothers, John (my great grandfather), Matthew and Finton all left for Windsor Locks Ct around that time. John and Finton were blacksmiths. Both John and Finton had large families. John was married to a Walsh and Finton to a Doran
My family originates from Berkshire, England. And their last name was Wallace
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My grandfather on my father's side are Wallace but are not sure which part of Ireland they are from. They move to Carluke in Scotland at some stage as my grandmother's family marry into the Wallaces in 1951. They mostly stayed around the Lanarkshire area. How would I go about tracing the Wallaces?
go to the Ancestry website, there are 2 ares in Scotland where the Wallace name is found Ayrshire and Dumbarton.
Welsh or foreigner was what the Saxons called the natives after their invasion. These peoples were driven to the western extremes hence the Welsh and CornWALL. The surname Walsh was adopted by Philip the Welshman and his brother David the Welshman (it is believed David's descendants took the name to Scotland where it became Wallace). They were Welsh nobles who took part in the Cambro-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170. They were members of the Fitzgerald family and were nephews to Strongbow who led the campaign. They settled in Ireland and the name Walsh was established there.
In answer to Josie, No! "Wallace" or "Walshe" or other similar names, were names which the French speaking Normans called the Native, Celtic Britons; as the earlier Anglo-Saxons, (the English), called them "Welles". So there may well be Wallaces in Brittany, but like all the Bretons, their origins are from these islands.
Does this mean that Wallace is a French surname, and that people who have it are partly of French ancestry?
In Irish the surname Wallace is de Bhailís which is usually taken to mean from Wales but it could also mean "from the walls" or from what is now Brittany which in the tradition of my family is the same root as De Gaulle...No idea if it's true but it's a good story:)