Charles Walker

Brief Life History of Charles

Charles Walker was christened in December 1760, in Weem, Perthshire, Scotland as the son of John Walker and Ann Collier. He married Helen Rankin on 13 December 1780, in Tulliallan, Fife, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter.

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Charles Walker
1760–
Helen Rankin
1764–
Marriage: 13 December 1780
William Walker
1783–
Jeremiah Walker
1785–
Walter Walker
1793–
Margaret Walker
1795–
Robert Walker
1797–

Sources (9)

  • Charles Walker, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Charles Walker, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"
  • Charles Walker in entry for Walter Walker, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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