Walker

“May each individual, like a thread, be woven into a family”
–Rodney Wilson Walker

In the New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 01. 7 (1853), p 46, there appears the following deposition by Robert Walker of Boston:

“Robert Walker of Boston, Linnen webster, aged about 72 years, … ”

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “Webster” as a weaver.

“…Walkers, and they did not get their names for progressing on their feet. After the cloth was woven it had to be trampled on, or beaten in water for hours to soft en and cleanse it before it was f it for use. “Walker” is the old word for the man who performed this task in the simplest way. –English Surnames by C. M. Matthews (1967) p. 86

“The family name Walker is a good example of this evoluntionary development of names, for Walker is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word wealcere. A wealcere was the man who performed the task of beating or “walking” on new-made cloth in order to cleanse and soften it. –American Genealogical Research Institute (1972)

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