Walker

First Name
23k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
523k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Walker mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Walker

"Walker" is a name of English origin, and it means "Fuller of cloth". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Walk"er
Senses
  1. One who walks; a pedestrian.
  2. That with which one walks; a foot.(Obs)"Lame Mulciber, his walkers quite misgrown." [Chapman.]
  3. [Law] A forest officer appointed to walk over a certain space for inspection; a forester.
  4. Etymology: AS. wealcere. See Walk (v. t.), 3

    A fuller of cloth.(Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot)"She cursed the weaver and the walker The cloth that had wrought." [Percy's Reliques.]
  5. [Zoöl] Any ambulatorial orthopterous insect, as a stick insect.
  6. [construction, tunneling] A shift superintendent or assistant superintendent who supervises several shifters(4} and their crews. Since these crews are usually separated by some distance, the walker is frequently seen walking between them. Also called walking boss.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk
  2. A light enclosing framework (trade name Zimmer) with rubber castors or wheels and handles; helps invalids or the handicapped or the aged to walk
  3. A shoe designed for comfortable walking
  4. A person who travels by foot
  5. United States writer (born in 1944)
  6. New Zealand runner who in 1975 became the first person to run a mile in less that 3 minutes and 50 seconds (born in 1952)
Wiktionary
  1. A northern English surname​ from the occupation of treating cloth by "walking" it.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A city in Iowa.
  4. A city in Louisiana.
  5. A city in Michigan.
  6. A small city in Minnesota, and county seat of Cass County.
  7. A city in Missouri.

Notable Persons Named Walker

Walker Evans was an artist. Walker was born on November 3rd, 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. He died on April 10th, 1975.

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Walker Percy was a philosophical novelist, memoir, essays, and philosophical fiction writer. He was most active from 1961 to 1990. Walker was born on May 28th, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. He passed away on May 10th, 1990.

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Walker County Jane Doe was an important individual. Walker was born in 1960. She passed away on November 1st, 1980.

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Walker Edmiston was an actor and voice actor. Walker was born on February 6th, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Walker is also known as Walter Edmiston. He died on February 15th, 2007.

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Walker Hayes is a country music singer-songwriter. He has been prominent since 2010. Walker was born on December 27th, 1979.

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Walker Zimmerman is a soccer player for the Furman Paladins, FC Dallas, United States men's national under-18 soccer team, United States men's national under-20 soccer team, and United States men's national under-23 soccer team. Walker was born on May 19th, 1993 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Walker

Paul Walker was an actor. His career lasted from 1984 to 2013. Paul was given the name Paul William Walker IV on September 12th, 1973 in Glendale, California. He died on November 30th, 2013.

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Jimmy Walker is a leading human. Jimmy was born on January 16th, 1979. Jimmy is also known as Walker and James William.

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Graham Norton is a famed individual. He was most active from 1992 to present. Graham was given the name Graham William Walker on April 4th, 1963 in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland.

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Benjamin Walker is an actor, stand-up comedy, and stand-up comedian. He was most active from 2004 to present. Benjamin was given the name Benjamin Walker Davis on June 21st, 1982 in Cartersville, Georgia, U.S.

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Madam C. J. Walker was a businesswoman, hair-care entrepreneur, philanthropist, and, activism, businessperson, hair care, philanthropy, hair-careentrepreneur, and activist. Madam was given the name Sarah Breedlove on December 23rd, 1867 in Delta, Louisiana, United States. She died on May 25th, 1919.

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Alice Walker is an african-american literature writer. She has had major accomplishments since 1968. Alice was born on February 9th, 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia, United States.

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How popular is the baby name Walker in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 29 0 29
1881 25 0 25
1882 28 0 28
1883 20 0 20
1884 19 0 19
1885 23 0 23
1886 29 0 29
1887 25 0 25
1888 35 0 35
1889 33 0 33
1890 29 0 29
1891 21 0 21
1892 32 0 32
1893 26 0 26
1894 22 0 22
1895 36 0 36
1896 40 0 40
1897 34 0 34
1898 28 0 28
1899 26 0 26
1900 27 0 27
1901 25 0 25
1902 19 0 19
1903 22 0 22
1904 17 0 17
1905 20 0 20
1906 28 0 28
1907 22 0 22
1908 36 0 36
1909 26 0 26
1910 38 0 38
1911 33 0 33
1912 66 0 66
1913 76 0 76
1914 77 5 72
1915 108 5 103
1916 104 0 104
1917 105 0 105
1918 107 0 107
1919 119 0 119
1920 159 8 151
1921 128 0 128
1922 112 0 112
1923 111 0 111
1924 113 0 113
1925 108 5 103
1926 91 0 91
1927 85 5 80
1928 92 0 92
1929 99 0 99
1930 91 0 91
1931 78 0 78
1932 69 0 69
1933 66 0 66
1934 71 0 71
1935 75 0 75
1936 60 0 60
1937 83 0 83
1938 60 0 60
1939 57 0 57
1940 73 0 73
1941 65 0 65
1942 70 0 70
1943 71 0 71
1944 80 0 80
1945 72 0 72
1946 77 0 77
1947 75 0 75
1948 59 0 59
1949 77 0 77
1950 54 0 54
1951 73 0 73
1952 65 0 65
1953 56 0 56
1954 66 0 66
1955 61 0 61
1956 53 0 53
1957 43 0 43
1958 54 0 54
1959 57 0 57
1960 31 0 31
1961 48 0 48
1962 48 0 48
1963 39 0 39
1964 34 0 34
1965 41 0 41
1966 42 0 42
1967 33 0 33
1968 33 0 33
1969 43 0 43
1970 40 0 40
1971 47 0 47
1972 52 0 52
1973 49 0 49
1974 67 0 67
1975 61 0 61
1976 60 0 60
1977 71 0 71
1978 47 0 47
1979 53 0 53
1980 65 5 60
1981 60 0 60
1982 70 0 70
1983 79 0 79
1984 85 0 85
1985 87 0 87
1986 81 0 81
1987 83 0 83
1988 99 0 99
1989 128 0 128
1990 147 0 147
1991 181 5 176
1992 197 0 197
1993 260 5 255
1994 379 11 368
1995 460 10 450
1996 514 10 504
1997 549 13 536
1998 551 9 542
1999 542 8 534
2000 583 5 578
2001 637 8 629
2002 628 6 622
2003 638 13 625
2004 740 18 722
2005 812 9 803
2006 707 12 695
2007 608 8 600
2008 558 6 552
2009 595 6 589
2010 656 7 649
2011 685 10 675
2012 715 8 707
2013 854 17 837
2014 1,060 19 1,041
2015 1,026 18 1,008
2016 1,058 14 1,044

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Popularity of Walker as a first name

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Popularity of Walker as a last name

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Common last names for Walker

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Williams
  • White
  • Jones
  • Harris
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Hall
  • Allen
  • Martin
  • Carter

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Walker U.S.
  White 58.66% 64.26%
  African American 35.05% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Walker

People with the last name Walker are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Walker

  • How Popular is the name Walker? Walker is the 1,563rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Walker was the 31st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Walker have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22,860 babies born with the first name Walker in the United States. That's more than enough people named Walker to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Walker? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 29 new born babies.
  • When was Walker first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Walker is Sunday, September 4th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Walker born? The highest recorded use of the first name Walker was in 2016 with a total of 1,044 babies. That's a lot of babies named Walker!
  • Random Walker Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Walker ranks 104th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 13 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Walker: Your name in reverse order is Reklaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wralke. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Walker? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 523,129 people with the last name Walker.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Walker? Walker was ranked as the 31st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.