The surname Walker is of occupational origin, originally deriving from the surname for a "fuller", one who "walked" on raw damp cloth in order to thicken it. The term Walker is itself derived from the Middle English term walkcere, meaning 'a fuller of cloth" and the Old English wealcan, "to walk or tread." The surname Walker is the 28th most popular name in the United States with over half a million bearers and the 15th most common in England.
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