Watford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Watford family

The surname Watford was first found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1196 when Eustace de Watford held estates in that county.

Early History of the Watford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watford research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1287, 1361, 1455, 1487, 1384, 1388, 1384, 1385 and 1388 are included under the topic Early Watford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Watford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Watford, Wattford, Watforde and others.

Early Notables of the Watford family (pre 1700)

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


United States Watford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Watford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Watford, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • John Watford, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Watford (post 1700) +

  • Arliss A. Watford (1924-1998), American woodcarver from Ahoskie in Hertford County, North Carolina
  • Jerry Ray Watford (1930-1993), American football player who played two seasons with the Chicago Cardinals (1953-1954)
  • David Watford (b. 1993), American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Earl Watford (b. 1990), American football guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Christian Ramon Watford (b. 1991), American professional basketball player for the Raptors 905
  • Sam Watford, American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 80th district (2014-)
  • Michael Watford, African American dance music singer
  • Paul Jeffrey Watford (b. 1967), American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2012-)
  • Joseph Watford, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons, 1828 [2]
  • Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford (1927-1994), English film, stage and television actress who was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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