Its source is wealcere, an Old English name meaning "Cloth washer."
The name Walker ranked 404th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 997th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
An alternate, or possibly parallel, development of this surname was from the Middle English phrase wall kerr, meaning ''wall swamp.'' This might have been in reference to the location of a family homestead near a swamp and a city wall.
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Walker Evans (born 1903, died 1975)
American photographer whose study of Alabama sharecroppers was published as Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.