The surname Walton is of English origin. It is a habitational name from any of the numerous places so called. The first element in these names was variously the Old English ‘wealh’, foriegner, Briton, ‘w(e)ald’, wood, ‘w(e)all’, wall, or ‘woell(a)’, spring, stream. A family could acquire a place name as a surname under three different circumstances: 1. the gentleman lived or worked in or near some topographical formation or landscape feature, either natural or artificial. 2. he formerly lived in a village and thus acquired the reputation of being from that place. 3. he owned or was lord of the village or manor designated. However, it is safe to say that in most cases a manor or village name merely identifies the place where the original bearer of the name formerly resided; as is the case with the surname Walton. George Walton ( 1741-1804 ) was one of those that signed the American Declaration of Independance. He was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, where his father had emigrated from England in 1682. The name dates as far back as the eleventh century were a Geoffrey de Waltona is recorded in his… Coat of arms: Argent …
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