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Gender: Male Meaning of Walker: "cloth-walker" Origin of Walker: English occupational name Walker's Popularity in 2018: #266

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.

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Rank in US: #266

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Comments

headintheclouds Says:

2017-05-01T00:56:11

Walker is one of those surname names that are just meh to me, like Tucker, Turner, Taylor, Palmer, Booker, Hunter, just seems too occupational, verb-ish and strange to use as a first name. I appreciate the fun element of a W- initial for Walker though, and that it's at least a change from the more popular surname names that are a dime a dozen. Also, I second the comment of Walker bringing to mind what they call zombies on the Walking Dead! :b

Hailey Says:

2015-12-17T17:16:04

This was my grandpa's name and I love it! Walker Oswald Jr. was his name. So cute! I love that it's a "cowboy" name too, especially since my husband's name is Colt and my brother's name is Travis. :-)

chibiyui Says:

2015-05-29T15:41:32

.....No Walker, Texas Ranger comments?

SoDallas3 Says:

2015-04-27T05:27:00

I get what you mean, but I think people just see them as an expanse on the occupational and surname trends. :)

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-04-27T03:46:57

A weird first name to me. I mean, think Runner, Dancer, Driver, any verbs as a first name is just off to me. I'm shocked this is so high on the Top 1000.

names_on_a_whim Says:

2014-10-24T06:21:40

If my sister had been born a boy, this is what she would have been named. Of course in the 1990s The Walking Dead was not in existence, but that aside I think this name would make a strong choice today, especially considering all the weird, made up names currently circulating. To be honest, it reminds me more of Luke SkyWalker from Star Wars, but I guess that series isn't as popular in today's culture.

Bcrookshanks Says:

2014-10-24T05:23:36

I like the name Walker and think it might be a good alternative for Parker, which I really like but am afraid it's becoming too popular. Initially I thought it was funny my husband's mind quickly went to the "walkers" in Walking Dead. My first association was Walker Texas Ranger.

unicornluvgirl Says:

2014-10-11T01:28:52

Cool name, but too much like Scott Walker

winter128 Says:

2014-05-27T13:57:25

It makes me think of the "walkers" on The Walking Dead... unfortunately, because other than that association I think it's a cute name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-04-25T21:15:43

Hey, everyone, I'd like to apologize for the rude comment I wrote here on this name the other day. I was in a bad mood that day, and I'm very sorry that I posted. I won't do it again.