The origin of the name Walker

The origin of the name Walker

English and Scots: 1: occupational name for a fuller, Middle English walkere, Old English wealcere, an agent derivative of wealcan to walk, tread. This was the regular term for the occupation during the Middle Ages in West and Northern England, but now the surname is fairly widespread. The highest concentrations are in a patch of Northwest England centred on Leeds, and in the Grampian Region of Scotland. As a Scots surname it has also been used as a translation of Gaelic Mac an Fhucadair. 2: habitation name from a place in Northumberland, so called from Middle English wall + kerr (Roman) wall + marsh.

Cognates (of 1): German: Walcker, Walker. Low German: Welcker.

Walker or variants was the 12th most common name in England and Wales according to a survey taken by H.M.Treasury in 1944, with a relative frequency of 0.41%.

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