Origin of the Name Walter
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Walter is an ancient name introduced to England by the Normans. Variants of this widespread name include Walters, Walther, Walterson, Fitzwalter, McWatters, McWalter and Qualters. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Edmund filius Walter of County Cambridgeshire who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Charles Walter of County Monmouth was recorded in the University of Oxford in the year 1598. Fitzwalter is the name of an English family of Norman origin descended from Godfrey, Count of Brionne. His grandson, Richard Fitzgilbert, 1035-1090, accompanied William the Conqueror in the 1066 invasion, and was made Lord of Clare. Robert Fitzwalter, 1247, was the first holder of the Barony of Fitzwalter. In Scotland and Ireland the name takes the form of McWalter, McWatters and Qualters in Counties Galway and Mayo.
The Walter 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 Walter descendants.