Watkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts of Wales, the name Watkin, is from the personal name Walter. The surname Watkin is derived from the pet form Wat, which is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin.

Early Origins of the Watkin family

The surname Watkin was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat at Pennoyre from ancient times and early in the eleventh century branched to Llangorse in that same shire.

Important Dates for the Watkin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watkin research. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1670, 1660, 1665 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Watkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Watkin Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Watkin name over the years has been spelled Watkins, Watkyns, Watkens, Watkin and others.

Early Notables of the Watkin family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Morgan Watkins ( fl. 1653-1670), English Quaker from Herefordshire who was imprisoned in 1660 in St. Albans gaol and later twice in 1665...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Watkin family to Ireland

Some of the Watkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Watkin migration to the United States

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Watkin:

Watkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Watkin, aged 35, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Howell Watkin, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [1]
  • James Watkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • George Watkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1673 [1]
Watkin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Watkin, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [1]
Watkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Watkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]
  • Edgar Watkin, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
Watkin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Watkin, aged 49, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1901
  • Elizabeth Watkin, aged 32, who landed in America from Stafford, in 1903
  • Kate Watkin, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1905
  • Dilys Watkin, aged 7, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Watkin, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States from Bradford, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkin 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:

Watkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Watkin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Maria Watkin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Anne M. Watkin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Sarah J. Watkin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Joseph Watkin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Watkin (post 1700)

  • William Ward Watkin (1886-1952), American architect
  • Pierre Watkin (1889-1960), American actor, best known for his role as Perry White in the Superman serials of the late 1940s
  • Henry Watkin (1824-1910), English-American socialist
  • William Thomas Watkin (1836-1888), English archæologist, born at Salford, son of John Watkin, a native of that town
  • Ian Watkin (1940-2016), New Zealand actor, best known for his roles in Braindead (1992), and Sleeping Dogs (1977)
  • Thomas William Steel "Billy" Watkin (1932-2001), English footballer
  • Cyril Watkin (1926-2007), English footballer
  • Frank Watkin (1904-1979), English footballer
  • Arthur Watkin (1895-1972), English footballer
  • Steven Llewellyn Watkin (b. 1964), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Watkin family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Richard Christopher Edward Watkin, British Sub Lieutenant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [2]

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Citations

  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. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
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