Walker (surname)

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

Walker is a surname of Anglo-Scottish or German origins. 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).

With close to 100,000 bearers, Walker is the 18th most common surname in England.[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] It is the 14th most common surname in Australia, with 26,688 people as of 2007.[3]

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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. ^ "Forebears". Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000 - U.S. Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  3. ^ IP Australia. "Search for Australian Surnames". Government of Australia. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 

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