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Watson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from Wat, which is a diminutive form of Walter. This Old German name, which literally means mighty army, was introduced into England during the reign of Edward the Confessor and became one of the most popular personal names in that country following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname also features the suffix -son, which superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity during the 14th century and was most popular in the north of England.

Watson Early Origins



The surname Watson was first found in the county of Rutland, where they were Lords of the manor of Rockingham, from ancient times. This was home to "a castle was erected by William I., on the summit of a hill, for the protection of the extensive iron-works at that time carried on in the adjacent woodlands. During the war in the reign of Charles I., the castle was garrisoned for the king by Sir Lewis Watson, afterwards created Lord Rockingham, and was besieged by the parliamentarian forces, who at the same time destroyed the tower and part of the nave of the church: the only remains of the castle are the two massive bastions that defended the entrance gateway." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Watson Spelling Variations


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Watson Spelling Variations



Watson has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Wattson, Walterson, MacWattie and others.

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Watson Early History


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Watson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watson research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1450, 1493, 1593, 1685, 1620, 1686, 1617, 1683, 1659, 1660, 1683, 1637, 1717, 1687, 1699, 1687, 1710, 1686 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Watson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Earl of Rockingham; Thomas Watson ( c. 1620-1686), an English, Nonconformist, Puritan preacher and author; Daniel Watson (c 1617-1683), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Lichfield in 1659, Recorder of Newcastle-under-Lyme (1660-1683); Thomas Watson (1637-1717), an...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watson In Ireland


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Watson In Ireland



Some of the Watson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words (12 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Watsons to arrive on North American shores:

Watson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Watson who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • George Watson, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Abraham, Alice, Elizabeth, Francis, Joe, Margaret, and William Watson, all settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Watson, aged 30, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Christopher Watson, aged 21, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Watson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Charles Watson, who landed in New England in 1711
  • George Watson settled in Georgia in 1775 with his wife and four children
  • Andrew Watson, aged 21, arrived in Georgia in 1775
  • Ann Watson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Watson, aged 35, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Edward William Watson, aged 29, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1847
  • Felton Watson, aged 33, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1848
  • Esther Watson, who arrived in Illinois in 1850
  • Elizabeth Watson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Watson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Brooks Watson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Francis Watson, aged 18, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mr. Alexander Watson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [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
  • Mr. John Watson U.E. (b. 1747) born in New York, USA who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1846 [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

Watson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Watson, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • James Watson, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Rick Watson, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • James Watson, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • John Watson, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834

Watson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Watson, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Richard Watson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • William Watson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Edward Watson, English convict from Hertford, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • George Watson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Watson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • T H Watson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship "Harrington"
  • R Watson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • T. H. Watson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harrington" in 1841
  • Louisa Watson arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Watson (post 1700)



  • Thomas John Watson Jr. (1914-1993), President of IBM from 1952-1971 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Watson (1921-2016), American actress and singer
  • Thomas Philip "Phil" Watson (1933-2015), American politician and minister of the Church of Christ
  • Thomas Sturges "Tom" Watson (b. 1949), American professional golfer, two-time winner of the Masters Tournament (1977, 1981)
  • Gerry Lester "Bubba" Watson Jr (b. 1978), American professional PGA golfer, two-time winner of the Masters Tournament (2012 and 2014)
  • Thomas Augustus Watson (1854-1934), American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, best known as the person who heard the first words on a telephone "Mr. Watson - Come here - I want to see you"
  • James Dewey Watson (b. 1928), American biologist awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1962, the National Medal of Science in 1997, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Private Wilson Douglas Watson (1921-1994), United States Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor
  • John Broadus Watson (1878-1958), American psychologist
  • Michael Barrett "Barry" Watson (b. 1974), American actor
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Watson Historic Events


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Watson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Eliza Edith Watson (1871-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Alice  Watson (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William R  Watson (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Robert  Watson, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Jack  Watson (1898-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward  Watson (1899-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert Watson (b. 1920), Irish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alexander Watson (b. 1919), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from Cromarty, Ross-shire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John C Watson (b. 1913), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Watson (b. 1904), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Percy Watson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. A W Watson, British Lieutenant (E), who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Rennie Watson, British Coder, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Louie Colclough Watson, British Midshipman "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Sidney Watson, "Geordie" English Petty Officer Gunner from Newcastle, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Kate Watson, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Seaforth, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Katherine Watson, English 1st Class Passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ennis Hastings Watson (d. 1912), aged 15, Irish Electrician's Apprentice from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. W. Watson (d. 1912), aged 27, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Watson


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Suggested Readings for the name Watson



  • The American Family of John Watson of the Narragansett County, Rhode Island by George C. Davis.
  • Ancestors and Descendants of John and Hannah (Goodwin) Watson of Hartford, Connecticut and Associated Families by Ralph Arthur Watson.
  • Genealogy and History of the Watson Family by Samuel E. Watson.

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Motto



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: Mea gloria fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is my glory.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Watson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watson 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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