Origin of the Name Wallen
The ancient history of the name Wallen
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Wallen is usually of Swedish or English origin. When of Scandinavian origin the name is usually derived from the word 'wall' or 'vall', meaning a grassy area, a grassy mound or field. The name is thus of locational origin which is a class of names derived from placenames and describe a person who lived near a physical feature such as a tree, hill, river or church, or from habitations such as a town, village, farmstead or County. When of Anglo origin the name can be a variant of the surname Walwyn, itself taken from Walwayne, most associated with Hereford. An early bearer of the name was Thomas Wallen who was Christened at St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, London in the year 1566. Elizabeth Wallyn was recorded as having been Christened at St. Margaret's, Westminster, London in the year 1541.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Wallen coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wallen descendants.