Last name: Walters

Recorded as Walter, Walters, Waldar, Walder, Walther, and occassionally as Wolter or Wolters, this is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname. It derives from the pre 7th century Olde German personal name 'Waldhar', a compound of the elements "wasl", meaning rule, and "hari," an army. The personal name was introduced into England during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042 - 1077), and after the Norman Conquest of 1066 was widely adopted firstly as a Christian name and later a surname as well. It is first recorded as Walterus in the Domesday Book of 1086, although the surname is much later being first recorded in the latter half of the 12th century with that of Petrus Walterus in the Feudal Documents of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund's, in the county of Suffolk in 1182. The patronymic form emerges in the early part of the 14th Century, (see below), the final 's' on the name being a reduced form of 'son of'. William Walters, aged 27, was a very early colonist to the New World, settling in Virgina in 1618. Other early English church recordings include Elizabeth Walters who married Edward Clark at St. Michaels Cornhill, in the city of London in 1559, and Frederick Wolters at St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, on August 2nd 1807. The coat of arms granted in 1663 to William Walters of Cundall in Yorkshire, has the blazon of a silver field charged with a chevrons engrailed, between three black chess rooks. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Walters. This was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire, during the reign of King Edward 111, known as the Father of the Navy, 1327 - 1377. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Amy fisher
William Walters is my father dad

emile lucien-walters
I am 22 years old my grandad came from guyana in the early 1990s

Kayla Walters
My father is originally from Australia, he is adopted and received the last name Walters, he then traveled to America and met my mother. I think it's amazing how well the last name has spread.

Ethan Walters
i am 15 years of age and my grand farther Albert Walters came to britain in 1943 to fight against the germans in ww2, what i know about my past is that his farther was a policeman in jamaica and his mother Isabelle Walters was a nurse. my grand farther was born in 1927 in Hopewell jamaica, we have links with the name Sangstar and the name Gordan also originate from jamaica. we have may family members around the world including the USA, and Canada. I live in Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England...

Matt Walters
My last name is said to originate in Wales as well. It came to the Cayman Islands in the 1600s, where most of the locals have the derived surname "Watler". "Caymanian folklore explains that the island's first inhabitants were a Welshman named Walters (or Watler) and his companion named Bawden (or Bodden), who first arrived in Cayman in 1658 after serving in Oliver Cromwell's army in Jamaica.[3] The first recorded permanent inhabitant of the Cayman Islands, Isaac Bodden, was born on Grand Cayman around 1700. He was the grandson of the original settler named Bodden." - Wikipedia History of the Cayman Islands

Matt Walters
This can also be reference within the Cayman National Trust's website explanation of the Watler cemetery.

Laura Fogard
I as told my Dad was Walters, never knew him. Was just wondering about the name and where i came from!

morgan walters
my family is German and the traditional spelling of the German Walters line is Wälters

Jody Walter
My last name is also of the region around Wales. But have also found it in other places like Germany,Netherlands,and Scotland.My Grandfather died in clearwater,fl. when i was very young and i don't think my father ever asked the question about his family history.but he is gone too so i do have alot of questions????????????

Manya Walters
My grandfather came from Georgia and my research took me to North Carolina.Also found information regarding migration from Virginia and South Carolina maybe early 1700's.Possibe chance that North Carolina Walters might have been FREED BLACKS who were slave owners.Article stated that a large population of freed blacks(mullatto) slave owners.Other surnames come into question also that also moved from NC to Georgia.

Annie
My maiden name is Walters, and our family came from Wales

shirley mcknight
My greatgrandfather was stacy walters,he fought in the civil war,as so did some of his brothers. I have no knowledge of where he was from.

Paul Walters
Largest population of 'Walters' is in, or comes from Carmarthenshire, South Wales.

L. Davis
Paul, I'm searching for information on my great, great grandfather. His name was John Waters, born 10 February 1801 and died in June 1848. He was married to Edith (possibly Putnam-Hitchens) and they had a daughter Sophia E. He died before Edith and she was living with the Grenfells? with Sophia in 1861. They were living in Carmarthenshire, Wales at the time of the census. Any chance you've got any information on them or can tell me where to look next? Thanks in advance, L. Davis

Paul Walters
My late aunt mapped our geneology back to Scotland, where Walters was a sept of the Buchanan clan. I do believe, as Dave mentioned, that there were some marriages between members of the Forbes and Buchanan clans.

Tammie Meadows
Its nice to Know where I come From. So This is where I get my Very Bad Temper. , Its a combination of Anglo- Saxon and Cherokee Indian And Creek Indian blood running threw me. My GrandFather and Dad all lived in Tallapoosa County Alabama.

alison jackson
my mothers name was Walters, she had red hair also my grandfather, I just wonder if there was any Celtic connection. possible Welsh .

Jonathan Walters
My name is Walters and I live and have always lived in Staffordshire. My father has traced the name back many generations and there is a strong midland connection.

Connie
My last name is Walters & my paternal grandfather told my mom we are Welsh. Interesting.

jo
I traced my Walters ancestors as comming from France.

Kiwi in Australia
I think it is Welsh also, as my great great grandfather was from wales and was sent to Australia for poaching a rabbit.

Dave
I've been told my ancestors came from Scotland. The Forbes Clan. Not really sure.

Nancy
My maiden name was Walters, and my dad said his grandfather, immigrated from Wales :)

Steve
I found that the surname Walters was quite popular in Pembrokshire, Wales. There are even a few shops and a race track called Walters. A possible Welsh link?