Origen: Normando. Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Walden is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or near any of the places named Walden in Essex, Hertsfordshire, and Northern Yorkshire. Walden is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Walden comes from the Old English words wealh and denu, which mean foreigner and valley. Thus, the surname would have been given to a person who was a stranger from a valley. First found in Essex where they were anciently seated being granted the lands of Walden Abbey and adopting their surname from those lands.
Variantes: Walden, Waldern, Waldon, Waldew y otros.
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