Waterman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Waterman family

The surname Waterman was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Waterman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waterman research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1339 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Waterman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waterman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waterman, Watermane and others.

Early Notables of the Waterman family (pre 1700)

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Waterman Ranking

In the United States, the name Waterman is the 2,486th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Waterman is ranked the 523rd most popular surname with an estimated 88 people with that name. [2]


United States Waterman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waterman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Waterman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1629 [3]
  • Richard Waterman, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Ann Waterman, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Katherin Waterman, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Miss Ann Waterman, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Waterman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Waterman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
Waterman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Waterman, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • D Waterman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • J R Waterman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • R H Waterman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • S S Waterman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Waterman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waterman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Waterman was a JP for Trinity District, Newfoundland in 1730 [5]
  • Joel Waterman, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Australia Waterman migration to Australia +

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

Waterman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Waterman, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" [6]
  • Samuel Waterman, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849 [6]
  • Mary Waterman, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849 [6]
  • John Waterman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Chadwick" in 1850 [7]
  • James Waterman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Chadwick" in 1850 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Waterman 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:

Waterman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Waterman, (b. 1863), aged 16, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [8]

West Indies Waterman migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Waterman Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Tho Waterman, aged 27, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Waterman, (b. 1607), aged 27, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [3]
  • Mr. Nicholas Waterman, Cornish settler from Marazion, Cornwall, (b. 1619), aged 15, British settler travelling from Plymouth, England aboard the ship "Margarett" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) on 1st March 1634 [10]
  • Humphrey Waterman, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Waterman (post 1700) +

  • Robert H. Waterman Jr. (b. 1982), American author, best known for his co-authored bestselling work In Search of Excellence
  • Steve Waterman, American producer, best known for his work on Casper (1995) and as executive producer for Stuart Little (1999), Stuart Little 2 (2002)
  • Sterry Robinson Waterman (1901-1984), American lawyer and federal judge from Vermont, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1955-1970)
  • John Barnett Waterman, American co-founder of the Waterman Steamship Corporation, an American deep sea ocean carrier in 1919
  • Waldo Waterman (1894-1976), American aviation pioneer who invented were the first tailless monoplane (the precursor to the flying wing)
  • Robert H. "Bully" Waterman (1808-1884), American merchant sea captain
  • Robert Whitney Waterman (1826-1891), American politician, Governor of California
  • Nixon Waterman (1859-1944), American poet and newspaperman
  • Lewis Waterman (1837-1901), American inventor of the capillary feed fountain pen and the founder of the Waterman pen company
  • John Waterman (b. 1952), American State Senator from Indiana
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert D Waterman (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Wymering, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Victor Patrick Waterman (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Waterman +

  • Genealogy of Paine and Waterman Families by Robert John Paine.
  • Descendants of Roger Williams.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SamuelBoddington.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS CHADWICK 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850ThomasChadwick.gif
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ Cornish in the Caribbean (retrieved on 23rd September 2021). Retrieved from https://books.google.ca/books?id=gnSFDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA265&lpg=PA265&dq=wallen+lizard+cornwall&source=bl&ots=ARTnm6uRLv&sig=ACfU3U3ewicUaBkTuwC_Gpr0ic-
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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