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Waller Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living near a wall (in particular, the wall of a city), or an occupational name for a mason who built walls (see Wall). English: topographic name for someone who lived by a prominent wall, for example a Roman wall or the wall of a walled city (see Wall 2). English: occupational name for someone who boiled sea water to extract the salt, from an agent derivative of Middle English well(en) ‘to boil’. English: nickname for a good-humored person, Anglo-Norman French wall(i)er (an agent derivative of Old French galer ‘to make merry’, of Germanic origin). South German: nickname from Middle High German wallære ‘pilgrim’.

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


Similar surnames: Weller, Galler, Woller, Kaller, Walker, Walder, Haller, Faller

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Where is the Waller family from?

You can see how Waller families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Waller family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Waller families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 73 Waller families living in Virginia. This was about 19% of all the recorded Waller's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Waller families in 1840.
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What did your Waller ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Waller. 18% of Waller men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Waller women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Waller were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 318,000 census records available for the last name Waller. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Waller census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Waller. 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 Cards

There are 43,000 military records available for the last name Waller. For the veterans among your Waller ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Waller lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Waller life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Waller in 1941 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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