Walker (surname)

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Walker
Family name
Pronunciation /ˈwɔːkər/
Meaning A walker, or one who "walked" on raw, damp cloth in order to thicken it.;
"Hunter" in Kalenjin languages
Region of origin Europe
Africa
Language(s) of origin Middle High German, German, Kalenjin
Related names Welker, Wallker, Walkyr, Walkere, Wealcan, Walcere

Walker is a German surname derived from either a fuller, from the Middle High German walkcere, meaning "a fuller of cloth", or an officer whose duty consisted of walking or inspecting a certain part of a forest. The name is also found within African Kenyan tribes.

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

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  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.