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Origins of the Walsh surname

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What does the name Walsh mean?

The origin of the Walsh surname is English. It's a descriptive surname that derives from the Old English word 'welisc' (Foreigner or Welshman), and would have been given to those who had crossed borders to settle in England with their descendants. Perhaps unsurprisingly this name is relatively uncommon in Wales itself, but more often is seen in England.

Alternative variations of the name Walsh

Walsh, Walch, Walshe, Wallsh, Wolsh

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Where do most Walshs live?

In 1921, most Walshs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Walshs

How common is your surname?

185th most common surname in the UK

We have 161,000 records for the Walsh surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Walshs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Walsh first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Walshs

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

Common Female occupations for Walshs in 1921
Cotton Weaver


Cotton Winder






Weaver Cotton


Common Male occupations for Walshs in 1921
General Labourer


Cotton Weaver


Coal Miner


Dock Labourer




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