Quick Facts on Walker
- English, Scottish
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To walk, tread
Characteristics of Walker
Etymology & Historical Origin - Walker
Walker is the transferred use of an Anglo-Scottish surname originating as an occupational name. The Olde English word “wealcere” meant “to walk, tread” and was commonly used to identify a person whose job it was to trample on cloth contained inside vats of a liquid mixture of water and lye (which helped to thicken the raw cloth). The first recorded spelling of this surname was rendered as Walkere in the 13th century. English surnames became necessary during the Middle Ages as a means of citizen identification for the purposes of taxation, and many such surnames developed from a person’s occupation (such as a “wealcere” – or cloth-trampler). Tucker and Tanner are two more examples of surnames that originated from occupations having to do with working with cloth.
Popularity of the Name Walker
Walker is a name that was in use back in the late 19th century and early 20th century, even if only in moderation. The name showed a steady decline the first part of the 1900s until it pretty much disappeared altogether from the 1950s through the 1980s. Walker reappeared in 1983 as the trend for using surnames as first names began to emerge in America. It would take a while for the name to regain moderate usage but that appears to be where it’s settled for now. Notably, Walker is the middle name of President George W. Bush often referred to as simply “dubbya”. We also can’t help but think of Walker, the son of Ricky Bobby in the 2006 comedy film “Talladega Nights” (the other son was named Texas Ranger). Walker was obviously named after the Texas Ranger character played by another tough-guy Chuck Norris. Even though Walker started out as a surname to signify a cloth-worker, the name has morphed into a rugged, manly sort of name. Walker is definitely not one of the more popular surnames being used as first names for boys in America (those top honors go to Mason, Logan, Jackson and Landon). Walker makes us think of surnames like Hunter, Austin and Colton – they are more cowboy-like in their mannish, strong blue collar way. Unlike the unisex surnames-turned-first-names Logan and Jordan, you can rest assured parents won’t be using a name like Walker for their daughters. It’s just far too masculine.
Popularity of the Boy Name Walker
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Walker
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Walker
Walker We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Walker.
Popular Songs on Walker
Goodbye Walker Percy - a song by Brooks Williams
Children's Books on the Baby Name Walker
The Unsinkable Walker Bean (Aaron Renier) - Walker Bean never wanted to be a high-seas pirate waging a pitched battle against the forces of the deep. It just worked out that way. Mild, meek, and a little geeky, Walker is always happiest in his grandfather's workshop, messing around with his inventions. But when his beloved grandfather is struck by an ancient curse, it falls on Walker to return an accursed pearl skull to the witches who created it--and his path will be strewn with pirates, magical machines, ancient lore, and deadly peril. Author/illustrator Aaron Renier brings everything he has to this swashbuckling adventure story. Drawing from sources as disparate as Tintin, Treasure Island, and Harry Potter, Renier has woven together a breathless tale that will leave readers' ears ringing from the cannon-shot and their eyes dazzled from the glowing stares of sea-witches. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Walker Evans: Photographer of America (Thomas Nau) - Determined to "capture life has he saw it," Walker Evans (1903-1975) became one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, shooting in the New York City subways as well as the American heartland. His subjects included posters, billboards, and the Brooklyn Bridge--but he is best known for the stirring photographs he took of farmers during the Great Depression. This handsome volume offers a clearly written account of the legendary photographer's life and a verbal and visual portrait of the turbulent times in which he lived, illustrated with over 80 sumptuous duotone reproductions of his work. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Walker's Crossing (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor) - Ryan Walker has always known what he wants to be -- a cowboy, like his father was before being injured in a riding accident. But when Ryan's older brother, Gil, becomes a member of the Mountain Patriots Association, a militia group that wants to keep Wyoming free from immigrants, minorities, and government interference, Ryan finds himself questioning things he's taken for granted all his life. As tensions in the community build to inevitable violence, Ryan is torn between his love for the world in which he grew up and his sense of fairness and decency. How can he stand up for what is right when he's not sure what that is? Publishers Weekly says: “Naylor here tackles the timely subject of militia movements…The issues and the characters are developed fairly and the plot builds solidly past a surprise climax to a credibly optimistic resolution." Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Walker
Famous People Named Walker - Walker Percy (author); Walker Evans (photographer); Walker Cooper (baseball player); Walker Gillette (football player); Walker Russell (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Walker
Famous People Who Named Their Son Walker - John Michael Montgomery (country singer); Taye Diggs (actor); Idina Menzel (actress, singer)
Walker - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Walker - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Walker.
Personality of the Boy Name Walker
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Walker