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Walkden Coat of Arms / Walkden Family Crest

Walkden Coat of Arms / Walkden Family Crest

The surname of WALKDEN was of two-fold origin. Firstly it was a locational name 'of Walkden' now a parish called Walkden Moor in the ancient parish of Eccles, near Manchester. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. It was also an occupational name 'the wealcere' a fuller of cloth, one who scoured cloth in water by beating it with their feet in a trough. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. Early records of the name mention Robert le Walker who appears in 1248, and Robert le Walkere was documented in the year 1260. John de Walkendene was recorded in 1408 in East Cheshire. Later instances of the name include Francis Walkeden of County Lancashire who registered at Oxford University in 1619. Simon Harker married Mary Walkadine in Canterbury, Kent in the year 1661. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.

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