Walker Family History

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Walker Name Meaning

English (especially Yorkshire) and Scottish: 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 western and northern England. Compare Fuller and Tucker. As a Scottish surname it has also been used as a translation of Gaelic Mac an Fhucadair ‘son of the fuller’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Waller, Walke, Walmer, Wicker, Acker, Galler, Hawker, Walter, Walzer

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Walker Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Walker name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Walker. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Walker Family Origin

Where is the Walker family from?

Walker Family Occupations

What did your Walker ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Walker. The most common Walker occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Walker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Walker family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Walker ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Walker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Walker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Walker census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 467,000 immigration records available for the last name Walker. 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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Draft Card

There are 540,000 military records available for the last name Walker. For the veterans among your Walker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Walker Life Expectancy

What is the average Walker lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Walker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Walker in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Walker ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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