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

The name Waters belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Shropshire. The name Waters indicates that the original bearer of the name lived close to a prominent body of water such as a lake or river.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Waters include Waters, Water and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, in Ludlow, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waters research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Waters History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Waters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 166 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Waters were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Waters Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Waters, who arrived in Bermuda in 1609-1610
  • Edward Waters settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Grace Waters, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • John Waters settled with his wife Frances and three children in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • Merry Waters, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632


Waters Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Phillimond Waters, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Charles Waters, who arrived in Virginia in 1718

Waters Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Waters, who landed in New York, NY in 1810
  • Archibald Waters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Roger Waters, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John D Waters, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Humphrey Waters, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840


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  • Alice Waters (b. 1944), American chef
  • Anthony Waters (b. 1985), American NFL football linebacker
  • Crystal Waters (b. 1964), American singer/songwriter
  • Ethel Waters (1896-1977), American blues vocalist and actress
  • Lesley Waters (b. 1961), English celebrity chef
  • Allan Waters (1921-2005), Canadian businessman, one of the founders of CHUM Limited
  • Beau Waters (b. 1986), Australian rules footballer
  • Fraser Waters (b. 1976), South African footballer
  • Russell Waters (1908-1982), Scottish film actor
  • Sarah Waters (b. 1966), British novelist

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  • A Genealogical History of the Farrow. Waters, and Related Families by Audrey Doris.
  • One Waters Family by Jean Waters Strong.
  • Waters in Depth, 1648-1978 by Marjory McGillivray.
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  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Waters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waters 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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