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Wall Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stone-built wall, e.g. one used to fortify a town or to keep back the encroachment of the sea (Old English w(e)all, from Latin vallum ‘rampart’, ‘palisade’). Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, northern Middle English wall(e) (Old English (Mercian) wæll(a); compare Well). Irish: re-Anglicized form of de Bhál, a Gaelicized form of de Valle, the name of a Norman family established in Munster and Connacht. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a defensive wall, Middle High German wal. German: variant of Wahl 2. German: from a short form of the personal name Walther. Swedish: ornamental name from Swedish vall ‘grassy bank’, ‘pasture’, ‘grazing ground’, or in some cases a habitational name from a place named with this element.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ball, Hall, Fall, Will, Well, Wald, Wahl, Wale, Kall, Call

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Where is the Wall family from?

You can see how Wall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wall families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 452 Wall families living in Ontario. This was about 28% of all the recorded Wall's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wall families in 1911.
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What did your Wall ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Wall. 44% of Wall men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Wall women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wall were Farmers Son and Income.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    44%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Farmers Son
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Servant
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Income
    8%
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Census Records

There are 532,000 census records available for the last name Wall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wall census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 64,000 immigration records available for the last name Wall. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 82,000 military records available for the last name Wall. For the veterans among your Wall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wall lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wall in 1943 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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