When Ona Mai Walker was born on 11 October 1909, in Portland, Sumner, Tennessee, United States, her father, William Frank Walker, was 65 and her mother, Cathrine McGuire, was 45. She married Ernest Elmore Summers on 25 September 1933, in Portland, Sumner, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Civil District 8, Sumner, Tennessee, United States for about 10 years and Civil District 15, Sumner, Tennessee, United States in 1940. She died on 1 February 1999, in Portland, Sumner, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Halltown Cemetery, Hall Town, Sumner, Tennessee, United States.
English (mainly North and Midlands) and Scottish: occupational name for a fuller, from Middle English walker, Old English wealcere (an agent derivative of wealcan ‘to walk, tread’), ‘one who trampled cloth in a bath of lye or kneaded it, in order to strengthen it’. 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’. This surname is also very common among African Americans.
History: The name was brought to North America from northern England and Scotland independently by many different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Samuel Walker came to Lynn, MA, c. 1630; Philip Walker was in Rehoboth, MA, in or before 1643. The surname was also established in VA before 1650; a Thomas Walker, born in 1715 in King and Queen County, VA, was a physician, soldier, and explorer.