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A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts of Wales, the name Watkins, is from the personal name Walter. The surname Watkins is derived from the pet form Wat, which is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin.

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The surname Watkins was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat at Pennoyre from ancient times and early in the eleventh century branched to Llangorse in that same shire.

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Watkins has occasionally been spelled Watkins, Watkyns, Watkens, Watkin and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watkins research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Watkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Watkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Watkins

Watkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Watkins settled in Virginia in 1607
  • James Watkins, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Evan Watkins settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Daniell Watkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Rees Watkins settled in Virginia in 1623
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Watkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margery Watkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Eliza Watkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Robert Watkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Hezekiah Watkins, who landed in New York in 1744
  • John Watkins, who landed in North Carolina in 1748
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Watkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Watkins, aged 41, landed in New York in 1812
  • Margaret Watkins settled with her husband in Norfolk, Virginia in 1822 with her six children
  • Archibald H Watkins, who landed in Texas in 1836
  • Isaac Watkins, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1836
  • Mary Watkins, aged 40, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
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Watkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Miss. Elizabeth Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 daughter of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss. Mary Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 daughter of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Michalaleel Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Morris Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Watkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Watkins who was a fisherman of Little Harbour in Twillingate Newfoundland in 1814
  • Henry Watkins, who landed in Canada in 1816

Watkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Watkins, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Robert Watkins, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Watkins, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Watkins, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Sarah Watkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australain" in 1837
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Watkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James E Watkins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • J B Watkins landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Emma Watkins arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Maryann Watkins arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • George Watkins, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
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  • Frank Watkins (1968-2015), American heavy metal musician best known as the bass player for the death metal band Obituary
  • Enid Watkins (1890-1971), American singer and dancer
  • Aaron Sherman Watkins (1863-1941), American politician, Prohibition Party Presidential candidate (1920) and Prohibition Party Vice Presidential candidate (1908)
  • Admiral James D. Watkins (1927-2012), American Naval officer and cabinet member, Chief of Naval Operations (19821986), Secretary of Energy (19891993)
  • Arthur Vivian Watkins (1886-1973), American politician, Republican U.S. Senator from 1947 to 1959
  • Master Sergeant Travis E. Watkins (1920-1950), American recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Tionne Tenese Watkins (b. 1970), four-time Grammy Award-winning American singer, actress, author, poet and executive producer
  • Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916), American photographer
  • Douglas Watkins (1934-1962), American jazz double bassist
  • Ian David Karslake Watkins (b. 1977), Welsh musician, founding member, lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Lostprophets
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Watkins Historic Events



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  • Mr. John Watkins (b. 1901), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Sundbury, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of George Watkins by George Watkins Anderson Jr..
  • Henry Watkins of Henrico County by Jane McMurty Allen.
  • James Watkins and Catherine Hen and Their Descendants by Austin E. Dwight.
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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: Pen-aur-y-chalon Wir
Motto Translation: A golden head and true heart.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. 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.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Watkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watkins 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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