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

Watkins Early Origins



The surname Watkins 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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Watkins Spelling Variations


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Watkins Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Watkins has occasionally been spelled Watkins, Watkyns, Watkens, Watkin and others.

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Watkins Early History


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Watkins Early History



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

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Watkins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watkins Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Watkins In Ireland


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Watkins In Ireland



Some of the Watkins 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



In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Watkins

Watkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Watkins settled in Virginia in 1607
  • James Watkins, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Evan Watkins settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Daniell Watkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Rees Watkins settled in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margery Watkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Eliza Watkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Robert Watkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Hezekiah Watkins, who landed in New York in 1744
  • John Watkins, who landed in North Carolina in 1748
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Watkins, aged 41, landed in New York in 1812
  • Margaret Watkins settled with her husband in Norfolk, Virginia in 1822 with her six children
  • Archibald H Watkins, who landed in Texas in 1836
  • Isaac Watkins, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1836
  • Mary Watkins, aged 40, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Miss. Elizabeth Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 daughter of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Miss. Mary Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 daughter of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Michalaleel Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Morris Watkins U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 son of Samuel Watkins listed as a child more than 10 years of age [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Watkins who was a fisherman of Little Harbour in Twillingate Newfoundland in 1814 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Henry Watkins, who landed in Canada in 1816

Watkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Watkins, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Robert Watkins, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • John Watkins, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • James Watkins, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Sarah Watkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James E Watkins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • J B Watkins landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Emma Watkins arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Maryann Watkins arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • George Watkins, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watkins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Watkins (post 1700)



  • Frank Watkins (1968-2015), American heavy metal musician best known as the bass player for the death metal band Obituary
  • Enid Watkins (1890-1971), American singer and dancer
  • Aaron Sherman Watkins (1863-1941), American politician, Prohibition Party Presidential candidate (1920) and Prohibition Party Vice Presidential candidate (1908)
  • Admiral James D. Watkins (1927-2012), American Naval officer and cabinet member, Chief of Naval Operations (19821986), Secretary of Energy (19891993)
  • Arthur Vivian Watkins (1886-1973), American politician, Republican U.S. Senator from 1947 to 1959
  • Master Sergeant Travis E. Watkins (1920-1950), American recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Tionne Tenese Watkins (b. 1970), four-time Grammy Award-winning American singer, actress, author, poet and executive producer
  • Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916), American photographer
  • Douglas Watkins (1934-1962), American jazz double bassist
  • Ian David Karslake Watkins (b. 1977), Welsh musician, founding member, lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Lostprophets
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Watkins Historic Events


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Watkins Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Watkins (b. 1901), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Sundbury, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales


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Suggested Readings for the name Watkins


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Suggested Readings for the name Watkins



  • Ancestors and Descendants of George Watkins by George Watkins Anderson Jr..
  • Henry Watkins of Henrico County by Jane McMurty Allen.
  • James Watkins and Catherine Hen and Their Descendants by Austin E. Dwight.

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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



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Watkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watkins 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 25 November 2016 at 17:11.

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