English occupational name

Walker Origin and Meaning

The name Walker is a boy's name of English origin meaning "cloth-walker".

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, blues guitarist T-Bone, and contemporary artist Kara.

Walker was a popular name around the turn of the twentieth 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.

# 85 in the US

Walker Rank in US Top 1000

# 484 on Nameberry

Walker Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Walker Popularity

Famous People Named Walker

  • Walker HayesAmerican country music singer
  • Walker Kirtland HancockAmerican sculptor
  • Walker EvansAmerican photographer
  • Walker PercyAmerican author
  • Walker ButlerAmerican jurist
  • Walker ConnorAmerican political scientist
  • Walker M. CurtissAmerican politician from Wisconsin
  • Walker Nathaniel Diggsson of actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel
  • George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bushfather and son former U.S. Presidents
  • Zachary Walker "Zac" HansonAmerican singer
  • Kyle WalkerEnglish professional footballer

Walker in Pop Culture

  • "WalkerTexas Ranger," TV series about Sgt. Cordell Walker
  • Walker Bohcharacter in the Shannara series by Terry Brooks
  • Walkercharacter on animated series "Danny Phantom"
  • Walkercharacter in film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III"
  • Walkers are zombies in "The Walking Dead."

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