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What does the name Walker mean?

Walker is the 14th most common surname in Australia, the 28th most common surname in the United States, and the 18th most common in England. Walker has Anglo-Saxon roots, and so is found most often in German and English speaking nations. The Walker surname is an occupational name that has been seen since the 1200s, from the Germanic 'walker', someone who engaged in fulling. Fulling was a pre-industrial step of clothmaking that involved thickening fabric (usually wool) by beating it with the feet or hands. The process is still known as 'waulking' in Scots. In England the name Walker is more common in the north and is believed by some to originate in Yorkshire.

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.

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