Meaning and Origin of Walker - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Walker

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Girl name origins & meanings:

  • English : Last name

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Middle English : Cloth worker
  • English : Distinctive

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • English (especially Yorkshire) and Scottish : occupational name for a fuller, Middle English walkere, Old English wealcere, an agent derivative of wealcan ‘to walk, tread’. This was the regular term for the occupation during the Middle Ages in western and northern England. Compare Fuller and Tucker.
  • The name was brought to North America from northern England and Scotland independently by many different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Samuel Walker came to Lynn, MA, in about 1630; Philip Walker was in Rehoboth, MA, in or before 1643. The surname was also established in VA before 1650; a Thomas Walker, born in 1715 in King and Queen Co., VA, was a physician, soldier, and explorer.

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