Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- German: from a short form of the personal name
- 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.
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