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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.

Watkin Early Origins



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.

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Watkin Spelling Variations


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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.

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Watkin Early History


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Watkin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watkin research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watkin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watkin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Watkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watkin In Ireland


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Watkin In Ireland



Some of the Watkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Howell Watkin, who landed in Virginia in 1641
  • James Watkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • George Watkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1673

Watkin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Watkin, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Watkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Watkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Edgar Watkin, aged 28, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Bradford, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Watkin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Maria Watkin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Anne M. Watkin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Sarah J. Watkin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Joseph Watkin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watkin (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Sir Edward William Watkin (1819-1901), 1st Baronet, an English railway chairman and politician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pen-aur-y-chalon Wir
Motto Translation: A golden head and true heart.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Watkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watkin 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 16 August 2016 at 17:27.

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