[ 2 syll. wal-ker, wa-lk-er ] The baby boy name Walker is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced as WAOLK-er or WAO-K-er †. Walker is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old English. It is from the elements 'wealcan' meaning to roll ; 'wealcian' to roll up. The first name is derived from the surname, which is itself from the medieval profession of a 'walker', someone who trod on woollen cloth in a special composite to thicken it and prepare it for use.
Walker is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been growing since the 1980s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2005 with 0.038% of baby boys being given the name Walker. Its ranking then was #369. In 2012, its usage was 0.035% and its ranking #411, and it was the most popular among all boy names in its group. Walker has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys.
† Pronunciation for Walker: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"