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Walker is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

Walker – known and loved in the US!

The name Walker isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Walker ranks 228. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 9 were named Walker. In the entire USA, approximately 30,818 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Walker. That is 0.01 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Walker mean?

Walker comes from an English surname that referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. The word derives from Old English ‘wealcan’ for ‘to walk’.

Walkers would tread ... on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it.

Walker -
in the 2000s more popular than ever before

If we dig really deep into our statistics, we find that there are very few boys' names that have been consistently popular for so long that they have been given to newborns in every single year since the beginning of our records in 1880. In fact, there are only 442 boys' names that appear in our statistics in every single year, and Walker is one of those very special classics. At the same time, Walker has never been more popular than it is in this century - in 2022 the name even made it to rank #77 of the most popular boys' names, easily landing in the top 100 of our SmartGenius first name statistics.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Walker was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Happy Birthday - 4,389 boys named Walker celebrate their second birthday this year

...because: In 2022, 4,389 boys were born and given the name Walker by their parents. That puts Walker at #77 on our list of most popular boys' names. It was much less popular in 1960 - only 31 parents chose this name for their newborn son and it ranked 1,236 on the popularity scale of all boys' names.

Walker -
at home in every state from California to New York

The name Walker may not be in the top rankings of the most popular boys’ names, but it is one of the few male given names, along with only 385 others, that can be found in every single state in the U.S. from Alaska to Florida and from California to New York. Of course, the name occurs more frequently in some states than in others – and Walker is apparently especially popular in South Carolina. Although the name is not one of the top 100 most popular men’s names here either, one in 1,918 men in South Carolina is called Walker. In total, that’s 1,208 people who feel addressed when the name Walker is shouted loudly across South Carolina and who ensure that their name makes it to #320 in our SmartGenius ranking of the most common male names in this nice state. If you asked all people in the entire U.S. for their first name, you would hear Walker as the answer a total of 30,818 times. This places Walker at #554 in our SmartGenius statistics for the most popular male names in the whole of the USA. This is true for all currently living people across all states and age groups – the recent popularity of the name Walker as a baby name is, of course, a bit different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Walker has 6 letters 
and begins with a W

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter W is quite rare as an initial letter for boys' names: only 1.5% of all common boys' names in the US begin with a W, which means that this initial occurs only about half as often as the other letters on average. Nevertheless, W is by no means the rarest initial. While J, A and D are the most common first letters of boys' names, X, U and Q are the least common initials of feminine first names.

With six letters, the name Walker is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that since 1.5% of all boys’ names begin with a W, this initial occurs less than half as often as the other letters on average. By the way, of the comparatively few boys' names that begin with a W, William is currently the most common.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Walker

If your name is Walker and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Walker

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Walker, you can simply say:







This is how the name Walker is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Walker in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Walker

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Walker is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Walker

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Walker sounds like this: