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Surname Origin and Meaning

Walker is an occupational surname for someone who walked on cloth in a trough as part of a process called fulling, which makes the material thicker. The name is more prevalent in the North of England, particularly in Lancashire, which has a long association with the manufacture of textiles. Another possible origin is the town of the same name in Northumberland. Famous Walkers in history include Formula 1 racing commentator Murray Walker and Captain Frederic Walker, the World War Two naval commander decorated for his role in the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Walker Genealogy and Family History

The earliest occurrence of the Walker surname in our family history documents is from 1445, and we currently have 5,312,799 records where Walker appears. Here are a few more facts to get you started…