Walker (surname)

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Family name
Pronunciation /ˈwɔːkər/
Meaning A walker, or one who "walked" on raw, damp cloth in order to thicken it.
Region of origin England Scotland
Language(s) of origin English, Scots
Related names Wallker, Walkyr, Walkere, Wealcan (old English), Walcere

Walker is a surname of English and Scottish origin. This name may signify either a fuller or an officer whose duty consisted of walking or inspecting a certain space of forest ground. The origin may also be Dutch or German as Walker is the modern German for 'Fuller', with weavers fleeing religious persecution in North West Europe settling along the North Eastern English coast (cf the town of Walker near Newcastle).

128,048 people have the surname Walker in the United Kingdom, making it the 12th-most common surname.[1] As of the 2000 U.S. Census, 501,307 people had the surname Walker, making it the 28th most common surname in America.[2]

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Notable persons with "Walker" as their given name.

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  • Colorow Ignacio Ouray Walkara, Ute chief, also called "Walker"


  1. ^ "British surnames". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000 - U.S. Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 

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