This surname of WALKE was a Scottish surname, and the lands of George WALKOT in Edinburgh are mentioned in 1511. There was a Domus WAUKUP recorded in Edinburgh in 1566. The name is also spelt WALKUP, WALKE, WALKLOTT, and WAUKLET. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. 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. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. A notable member of the name was Fairfac Proudfit WALKUP, born 17th November, 1887. He was an educator and taught history at Westridge School (1925-34). He was Dean at the Pasadena Playhouse (1934-47) and Professor of the Drama Department at the University of Arizona. He wrote many books and was a contributor of poems to numerous poetry magazines. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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