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The surname Watt was derived from the common given name Watt, which was a short form of Walter.

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The surname Watt was first found in Worscestershire where they held a family seat from early times, and were descended from Simon Wathes, a soldier of fortune, who accompanied King Stephen into England in the year 1135. John Wathes was Lord of the manor of Eston in that county in 1347. His son, William Wathes, was father of Simon Wattys. Sir Richard Wattys, his son, fought under the banner of York at the Battle of Wakefield where he died leaving Thomas Wattys the manor of Whitefield in Northampton.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Watts, Wathes, Wattys, Wath, Watt and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watt research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1511, 1615, 1446, 1674 and 1748 are included under the topic Early Watt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Watt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Watt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Watt settled in Barbados in 1680
  • Hannah Watt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1684

Watt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Watt, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Watt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Watt, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Margaret Watt, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Watt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
  • Jane Watt, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Andrew Watt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
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Watt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Watt U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Watt U.E. who settled in Didgequash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists, he served in the 74th Regiment
  • Mr. Robert Watt U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists

Watt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Watt, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Catharine Watt, aged 3, arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • George Watt, aged 40, landed in Quebec in 1821
  • Janet Watt, aged 10, arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • John Watt, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Watt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Watt, a mason, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Watt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
  • Annie Watt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • Mary Watt, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Watt, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena"
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Watt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Watt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Lilford
  • William Hogg Watt landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Catherine Johnson
  • P Watt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Ann Watt, aged 17, a sempstress, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Peter Watt, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
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  • Douglas Benjamin Watt (1914-2009), American theater critic who reported on classical music and opera for The New Yorker, one of the founders of the Drama Desk Awards
  • Eddie Dean Watt (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Michael David "Mike" Watt (b. 1957), American bassist, singer and songwriter, known for his work with The Minutemen
  • James Gaius Watt (b. 1938), American government administrator, Secretary of the Interior (1981-83)
  • Ian Watt (1917-1999), English literary critic, literary historian and professor of English at Stanford University
  • Herschel Oulio Sanchez Watt (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Hamish Watt (1925-2014), Scottish politician, farmer and writer, Member of Parliament for Banffshire (1974-1979), Rector of the University of Aberdeen (1985-1988)
  • Tom Watt (b. 1935), Canadian pro scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Nicole Watt (b. 1985), Canadian 2001 Canadian silver medalist figure skater
  • Robert Douglas Watt LVO, FRHSC (b. 1945), the first Chief Herald of Canada
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Watt Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert A E Watt (b. 1919), English Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles J J Watt (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George Watt (b. 1913), English Able Bodied Seaman from Rawdon, Leeds, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Inglis "Bessie" Watt, (née Milne), aged 40, Scottish Second Class passenger from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9
  • Miss Robertha Josephine "Bertha" Watt, aged 12, Scottish Second Class passenger from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9
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  • Some Descendants of John Watts of Virginia by Soule J. Watt.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. 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.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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