Margaret Walker

Brief Life History of Margaret

When Margaret Walker was born on 11 April 1620, in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, her father, George Walker, was 51 and her mother, Marjory Cuthbert, was 41.

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Family Time Line

George Walker
1568–1636
Marjory Cuthbert
1578–1621
Clement Walker
1594–
George Walker
Nicholas Walker
1598–
James Walker
1599–1636
James Walker
1599–1616
Catherine Walker
1600–
Grizell Walker
1604–
Bessie Walker
1604–
Helen Walker
1606–
George Walker
1607–
William Walker
1610–
Thomas Walker
1611–
Bessie Walker
1612–
David Walker
1614–
Katherine Walker
1616–1655
James Walker
1618–
Margaret Walker
1620–
Elspeth Walker
1621–

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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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