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Walden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kings Walden and Saint Pauls Walden (Hertfordshire) Saffron Waldon (Essex) Waldon in Milton Damerel (Devon) and Walden (North Yorkshire). The placenames derives from Old English walh ‘foreigner Briton serf’ (genitive plural wala) + denu ‘valley’. German: patronymic from Wald Americanized form of Norwegian Wolden or Volden .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Warden, Alden, Wilden, Welden, Walder, Wasden, Malden, Walker, Carden

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Where is the Walden family from?

You can see how Walden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Walden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Walden families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Walden families living in Virginia. This was about 15% of all the recorded Walden's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Walden families in 1840.
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What did your Walden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Walden. 19% of Walden men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Walden women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Walden were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Walden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Walden. For the veterans among your Walden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Walden lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Walden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Walden in 1945 was 20, and 73 in 2004.

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