This surname WALLS found in Munster and Leinster, was introduced to Ireland soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion. Two of the name witnessed charters in Dublin between 1177 and 1186, spelling their name as de Valle, presumably a corruption of the French de Val. Their first place of settlement of the family in Ireland was in County Carlow, at Ardristan in the barony of Rathvilly, and at Rathtoe in the barony of Forth and County Kilkenny at Inchyolaghan (Castleinch) and Tulachany in the barony of Shillelogher. The tradition of surnames in Ireland developed spontaneously, as the population increased and the former practice, first of single names and then of ephemeral patronymics or agnomina of the nickname type proved insufficiently definitive. At first the surname was formed by prefixing 'Mac' to the father's Christian name or 'O 'to that of a grandfather or earlier ancestor. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. They came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. Early records of the name mention WALLE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. WALLA (without surname) was recorded in 1167 in County Lancashire. Godfrey atte Walle, County Essex, was documented in the year 1273. Willelmus Wall of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Wall of Helsby, Lancashire, was recorded in the Wills at Chester in 1630. Baptised. George Wall, Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, in the year of 1682. Baptised, Richard, son of John Wall at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent in the year 1682.At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms.s Registered at Johnstown, County Carlow. descended from William du Vall, who accompanied Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke (Strongbow) to Ireland in 1176.
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