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Gender: M Meaning of Walker: "cloth-walker" Origin of Walker: English occupational name Walker's Popularity in 2013: #369

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Walker is both a Waspy surname name--as in the W in George W. Bush-- but it also has a gentle ambling quality and a creative connection to such greats as writer Walker Percy and photographer Walker Evans, whose father was also named Walker.

As a common surname, Walker has many other notable namesakes, including author Alice, football great Herschel Walker, blues guitarist T-Bone, and contemporary artist Kara.

Walker was a popular first name around the turn of the last century, reaching Number 296 in 1896, remained in use through 1955, then made a return in 1983, becoming a prime representative of the aspirational surnames of the 1980s and 90s. It's now at Number 369.

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Famous People Named Walker

Photographer Walker Evans
American actor Joe Walker
George Herbert Walker Bush
George Walker Bush
Zachary Walker "Zac" Hanson, American singer
Walker Nathaniel Diggs, son of actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel

Pop Culture References for the Name Walker

Walker, Texas Ranger (Chuck Norris)
Gary Walker, from the TV series "Numb3rs"
In "The Walking Dead," zombies are called "walkers."
Kit Walker, "American Horror Story"