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)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waterman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 [1]
  • Richard Waterman, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Tho Waterman, aged 27, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [1]
  • Ann Waterman, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Katherin Waterman, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
Waterman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Waterman, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • D Waterman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • J R Waterman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • R H Waterman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • S S Waterman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • 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" [3]
  • Samuel Waterman, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849 [3]
  • Mary Waterman, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849 [3]
  • John Waterman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Chadwick" in 1850 [4]
  • James Waterman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Chadwick" in 1850 [4]
  • ... (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 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Waterman (post 1700) +

  • 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)
  • Robert H. Waterman Jr. (b. 1982), American author, best knwo for his co-authored bestselling work In Search of Excellence
  • 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 6 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 [6]
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 [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Waterman +

  • 2521 "Genealogy of Paine and Waterman Families" by Robert John Paine, "Descendants of Roger Williams".

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SamuelBoddington.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS CHADWICK 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850ThomasChadwick.gif
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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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