Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the surname Watsoun lived among the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled much of Britain. The name is derived from Wat, a diminutive form of the personal name
Walter, with the addition of the patronymic
suffix " -son," or patronymic prefix "Mac-." The name Walter derives ultimately from an Old German name, which meant "mighty army." It was introduced into England
during the reign of Edward the Confessor and became one of the most popular personal names of the times.
Early Origins of the Watsoun family
The surname Watsoun was first found in the lowlands of Scotland
, where the earliest record is of John Watson, who held land in Edinburgh in 1392.
Early History of the Watsoun family
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Watsoun Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wattson, Watsone, Watsoun, Walterson, MacWattie, MacQuattie, MacWatty, MacWhatty and many more.
Early Notables of the Watsoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watsoun family to Ireland
Some of the Watsoun family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Watsoun family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Watson who settled in Virginia in 1620; the same year as the "Mayflower"; Abraham, Alice, Elizabeth, Francis, Joe, Margaret, and William Watson, all settled in Virginia in 1635.