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Where did the English Waters family come from? What is the English Waters family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waters family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waters family history?

The name Waters belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Shropshire. The name Waters indicates that the original bearer of the name lived close to a prominent body of water such as a lake or river.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Waters include Waters, Water and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, in Ludlow, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waters research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1610 is included under the topic Early Waters History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Waters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 166 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Waters were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Waters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Waters, who arrived in Bermuda in 1609-1610
  • Edward Waters settled in Virginia in 1610
  • Grace Waters, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • John Waters settled with his wife Frances and three children in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • Merry Waters, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632


Waters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Phillimond Waters, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Charles Waters, who arrived in Virginia in 1718

Waters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Waters, who landed in New York, NY in 1810
  • Archibald Waters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Roger Waters, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John D Waters, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Humphrey Waters, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840


Waters Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Edward Waters settled in Harbour Grace in 1708
  • Samuel Waters was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1709

Waters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Michael Waters, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Thomas Waters, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Thomas Alexander Waters arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Eliza Mary Waters arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • William Waters arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839


Waters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Waters landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • G Waters landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Thomas Waters landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • George Waters, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Susan Waters, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842


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  • Ethel Waters (1896-1977), American blues vocalist and actress
  • Crystal Waters (b. 1964), American singer/songwriter
  • Anthony Waters (b. 1985), American NFL football linebacker
  • Alice Waters (b. 1944), American chef
  • Lesley Waters (b. 1961), English celebrity chef
  • Miss Margaret Waters (d. 1915), Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Elcentra, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Katherine W. Waters (d. 1915), Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Elcentra, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Horace Waters (d. 1941), British Petty Officer Supply, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald George Mascott Waters, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Sultan and died in 1944
  • Mr. George A Waters, British Chief Mechanical, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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  • A Genealogical History of the Farrow. Waters, and Related Families by Audrey Doris.
  • One Waters Family by Jean Waters Strong.
  • Waters in Depth, 1648-1978 by Marjory McGillivray.
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The Waters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waters Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 April 2015 at 22:34.

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