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Origins of the Walker surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Walker

Walker, Wallker, Walkers, Welker, Walkar

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Where do most Walkers live?

In 1921, most Walkers lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Walkers

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13th most common surname in the UK

We have 980,000 records for the Walker surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Walkers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Walker first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Walkers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Walkers in 1921


Domestic Servant




Cotton Weaver


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Walkers in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer




Agricultural Labourer




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