Origin of the Name Walton
The origin of the name Walton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Walton is a locational name from the twenty-five parishes of Walton that are found in England. Variants of this name include Waltan, Walten and Wauton. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are an Alicia de Walton who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the year 1379. A William de Walton was recorded in the 'Preston Guild Rolls' in the year 1415. A Hugh Walton and Margaret Woulerrye were married in the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle in the year 1578. A George Walton, 1741-1804, was one of those who signed the American Declaration of Independence, his grandfather having emigrated from England in 1682.
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.
although there are some references found as early as the thirteenth century.
The Walton 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 Walton descendants.