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Origins of the Walters surname

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What does the name Walters mean?

The Walters surname originates in England. It's a patronymic name that would have been given to the descendants of someone who had the forename 'Walter', a popular name of the middle ages. It's a name that is more common in the south than the northern 'Watson' variant of similar roots.

Alternative variations of the name Walters

Walters, Walter, Waltar, Welter, Wailter

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Where do most Walterses live?

In 1921, most Walterses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Walterses

How common is your surname?

301st most common surname in the UK

We have 143,000 records for the Walters surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Walterses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Walters first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Walterses

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

Common Female occupations for Walterses in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant




General Servant


Common Male occupations for Walterses in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer


General Labourer




Agricultural Labourer


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