Walker (surname)

13 Reasons Why Middle High German Darren Walker
Language(s)English, Scots,[1] Middle High German, German
MeaningA walker, or one who "walked" on raw, damp cloth in order to thicken it.
Region of originEurope
Other names
Variant form(s)Welker, Walcher, Welcker, Wallker, Walkyr, Walkere, Wealcan, Walcere

Walker is an English and German surname derived from either a fuller, from the Middle High German walker,[2] meaning "a fuller of cloth", or an officer whose duty consisted of walking or inspecting a certain part of a forest. The surname "Walker" was first found in Germany where records of the name date back to the thirteenth century. In 1253, Sigelo dictus Welkere was recorded in Weissenburg,[2] and in 1209, Bruno Welkiner was a citizen of Cologne.[2] The Walker Families of England are believed to originate from Yorkshire.[3]

With close to 100,000 bearers, Walker is the 18th most common surname in England.[4] As of the 2000 U.S. Census, 501,307 people had the surname Walker, making it the 28th most common surname in America.[5] It is the 14th most common surname in Australia, with 26,688 people as of 2007.[6]

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  1. ^ "Walker Name Meaning & Walker Family History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "HouseofNames". Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  3. ^ "Walker Name Meaning & Walker Family History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Forebears". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000 – U.S. Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  6. ^ IP Australia. "Search for Australian Surnames". Government of Australia. Retrieved 2007-05-14.