Walmsley Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Walmsley Name Meaning: A habitational place name meaning 'a clearing in a wood,near a lake'. Wald 'forest' + mere 'lake' + leah 'woodland clearing'.

The name is of Anglo-Saxon origin. Also locational from either of two places in Lancashire.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Walmsley Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Walmsley family

Profession Census Frequency
Cotton Weaver 181
Weaver 128
Farmer 64
Independent 60
Female Servant 52
Agricultural Labourer 47
Silk Weaver 41
Labourer 40
Male Servant 25
Shoe Maker 21
Cotton Spinner 15
Joiner 13
Cotton Piecer 12
Power Loom Weaver 11
Independant 10
Ag Lab 10
Cotton Worker 10
Cotton Winder 9
Carter 9
Calico Printer 8
Cotton Dresser 8
Dress Maker 8
Grocer 8
Publican 8
Dyer 7

Walmsley Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Walmsley 100% 43,475
2 Walmesley 89% 1,567
3 Walmsly 88% 277
4 Wolmsley 88% 195
5 Walmisley 89% 112

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The surname Walmsley is the most popular version of all its varients

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