Waterhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Waterhouse is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Waterhouse family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Waterhouse 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 Waterhouse family

The surname Waterhouse 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. [1]

Early History of the Waterhouse family

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Waterhouse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Waterhouse have been found, including Watehouse, Waterhouse and others.

Early Notables of the Waterhouse 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 Henry VIII, and a family tradition relates that the king, one day visiting him, 'gave a Benjamin's portion of dignation to this Edward, foretelling by his royal augury that he would be the crown of them all, and a man of great honour and wisdom, fit for the service of...
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Ireland Migration of the Waterhouse family to Ireland

Some of the Waterhouse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Waterhouse migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Waterhouse were among those contributors:

Waterhouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe Waterhouse who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Thomas Waterhouse, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639 [2]
  • Samuel Waterhouse, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • William Waterhouse, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • William Waterhouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Waterhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Waterhouse, who landed in New England in 1730 [2]
Waterhouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Waterhouse, who settled in Philadelphia in 1804
  • John Waterhouse, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • John Waterhouse, who landed in Philadelphia in 1828
  • C Waterhouse, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • G Waterhouse, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Waterhouse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Waterhouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Greaves Waterhouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [3]
  • G.M. Waterhouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brankenmore" in 1846 [4]
  • Vincent Waterhouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [5]

New Zealand Waterhouse migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Waterhouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Waterhouse, aged 42, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Sarah Waterhouse, aged 39, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • John Waterhouse, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Rachel Waterhouse, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Waterhouse, aged 30, a gardener, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Waterhouse (post 1700) +

  • William Charles Waterhouse (d. 2016), American mathematician, a professor emeritus of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University
  • Charles Waterhouse (b. 1924), American painter, illustrator and sculptor
  • Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846), American physician, the first doctor to test the smallpox vaccine in the United States
  • W. W. Waterhouse, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 49th District, 1960 [6]
  • Paul J. Waterhouse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960 [6]
  • Olga Waterhouse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 1972 [6]
  • John H. Waterhouse (1870-1948), American Republican politician, Mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, 1909-10; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1920 (alternate), 1924 [6]
  • Harry E. Waterhouse, American politician, Member of Connecticut Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1927 [6]
  • George B. Waterhouse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912 [6]
  • F. H. Waterhouse, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol, 1940 [6]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald G Waterhouse (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bitterne, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]


The Waterhouse 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.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKENMORE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Brankenmoor.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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