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Where did the Scottish Waugh family come from? What is the Scottish Waugh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waugh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waugh family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Waugh, Wauchope, Waughe, Walge, Wach, Walcht and others.

First found in Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat in Wauchopedale from about the year 1150. Robert de Wauchope was one of twelve knights who negotiated the law of the border territories in 1249.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waugh research. Another 317 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1590, 1672, 1656, 1734, 1723, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Waugh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Waugh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waugh Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Dorothy Waugh settled in New England in 1656
  • Dorothy Waugh, aged 20, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656

Waugh Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Waugh, who landed in New England in 1733
  • James and John Waugh settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • William Waugh settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1788

Waugh Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Waugh, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Black Alexander Waugh, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812
  • David Waugh, aged 18, arrived in New Jersey in 1812
  • Helen Waugh, her husband and child, settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1820
  • James Waugh, who landed in Ohio in 1833


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  • First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh (d. 1944), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Frank Albert Waugh (1869-1943), American landscape architect
  • Hillary Baldwin Waugh (1920-2008), pioneering American mystery novelist. In 1989, Waugh was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America
  • John S. Waugh (1929-2014), American chemist awarded the the Irving Langmuir Award (1976) and co-winner of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1983)
  • Arthur Waugh (1866-1943), English author, literary critic, and publisher
  • Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh (1903-1966), English writer of novels, biographies and travel books, best known works include Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934) and his novel Brideshead Revisited (1945)
  • Alexander Raban Waugh (1898-1981), English novelist
  • Stephen Rodger "Steve" Waugh AO (b. 1965), former Australian cricketer, Australian of the Year in 2004, fraternal twin of cricketer Mark Waugh
  • Mark Edward Waugh AM (b. 1965), former Australian cricketer, nicknamed "Junior"; he is younger of his twin brother Steve by a few minutes
  • Phillip Waugh (b. 1979), retired Australian rugby union footballer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Industria ditat
Motto Translation: Industry enriches.

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  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Waugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waugh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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