A very popular surname which can be found all over the world is that of the name Walker. In all simplicity, this particular surname’s entomology is self explanatory. The name comes from an English job during the medieval period in which walkers would be hired in order to prepare cotton fibres for manufacturing into clothes. The manner in which this was done requires a large bath filled with cotton as well as Fuller’s earth and a little touch of urine. The walkers would then simply walk on the fibres in the bath until they were closely meshed so as to be cut and sewn together into a garment.
Due to the fact that this is an occupational surname, it is a very common one. While in the early days when the surname was used for the first time, those who had it were not all that famous seeing as though they would have been peasants, however in more recent times, this commonness of the name has led to a number of very famous and influential persons. Chances are that maybe you might even have had someone famous as an ancestor. Of course the only way to actually determine if this is true is to complete your family genealogy.
There have been a number of influential and famous persons who have used the surname of Walker. These persons range from athletes to politicians and from actors to musicians. They have been business tycoons and war heroes as well. Kent Walker for example was a popular English cricket player who played the game all the way back in 1822 while Alf Walker was known as an English football manager. Arthur Walker Jr. was a well known physicist from America and Cecil Walker was known for his role in Irish Politics. Of course you cannot forget people like Derrick Walker who made his mark on the race track while at the same time sharing his name with another who was known for his participation in American football.
Congressmen and Barristers alike have shared the name Walker such as Francis who was a representative from Virginia as well a Patrick Gordon who was involved in British politics. Of course being famous does not always mean being popular. Furthermore, the name may also be used as a given name like George W. Bush, but that’s another story in itself.
The points is though, that while Walker may be a very common name that is found in many of the English speaking nations, it is not as common as some of the other names used today. This means that you will have a slightly easier time tracing the lineage of your ancestry back in comparison to someone with the surname of Smith or Jones. In the case of the latter, it was completely plausible for having two or more completely unrelated Smiths or Joneses on a ship immigrating to the New World which would make tracing difficult; especially in the event that no first names are given or that they are but merely the first initial.
Have fun and good luck tracing your ancestry. It may be a hard, long and tedious journey to complete, but in the end you will find it to be well-worth the effort and hard work that you have put forth.
Original Authors: Nick
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 05/06/2009