The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Watehouse family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Waterhouse.
This place-name indicates that the original bearer lived in a house located near a body of water.
Early Origins of the Watehouse family
The surname Watehouse was first found in Lincolnshire
where Guy de Craon held the lands of Kirton from Count Alan at the time of the Norman Conquest
in 1066. His successor was known as Ab Aquae Domo or Sir Gilbert Waterhouse. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Watehouse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watehouse research.Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1591, 1582, 1602, 1588, 1619 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Watehouse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Watehouse Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Watehouse, Waterhouse and others.
Early Notables of the Watehouse family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edward Waterhouse (1535-1591), Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ireland
. He was born at Helmstedbury, Hertfordshire
and the youngest son of John Waterhouse of Whitechurch, Buckinghamshire
, and Margaret, daughter of Henry Turner of Blunt's Hall in Suffolk
. "His father was sometime auditor to... Another 192 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watehouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Watehouse family to Ireland
Some of the Watehouse family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 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 Watehouse family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Watehouse or a variant listed above: Joe Waterhouse who settled in Virginia in 1622; Samuel Waterhouse settled in Virginia in 1642; William Waterhouse settled in Virginia in 1654; John Waterhouse settled in Philadelphia in 1820.
The Watehouse 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: Veritas vincit omnia
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers All.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.