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First composed in the countryside now known as Wales, the ancient name of Watkinson began its life as a name for a the personal name Walter. The surname Watkinson is derived from the pet form Wat, which is supplemented by the common diminutive suffix -kin and the patronymic suffix -son, which superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.

Watkinson Early Origins



The surname Watkinson was first found in Yorkshire, at Beeston and Ilkley where they held a family seat from ancient times undoubtedly related to the Welsh Watkins of Pennoyre in Breconshire.

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Watkinson Spelling Variations


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Watkinson 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 Watkinson has occasionally been spelled Watkinson, Watkisson, Watkynson, Wattkinson, Waytkinson, Waytekinson, Waitkinson, Watkenson and many more.

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Watkinson Early History


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Watkinson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watkinson research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1665 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Watkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watkinson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watkinson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Watkinson Notables 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 migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Watkinson:

Watkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Watkinson settled in Barbados in 1634
  • John Watkinson, aged 22, landed in St Christopher in 1634
  • Cornelius Watkinson, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Jane Watkinson, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Watkinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Watkinson, who landed in New England in 1712
  • James Watkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Elizabeth Watkinson settled in New England in 1718
  • John Watkinson settled in New York state in 1774

Watkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Watkinson, aged 39, landed in New York in 1812
  • Elizabeth Watkinson settled in New York State in 1820 along with Thomas, Peter and Maria
  • Sarah Watkinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1838
  • Isaac Watkinson, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840

Watkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Watkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • J. Watkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • William Watkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watkinson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Watkinson (post 1700)



  • Lee Watkinson (b. 1966), American professional poker player, as of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceeded $4,100,000
  • Eddie Watkinson (b. 1979), American video and internet artist
  • Laura Watkinson, British literary translator
  • William Watkinson (b. 1922), English footballer, active from 1947 to 1950
  • David Watkinson, English professional rugby league footballer for England in 1979 and for Great Britain (1979-1986)
  • Peter Watkinson, New Zealand silver medalist rower at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
  • John Taylor Watkinson (1941-2004), British Labour Party politician, barrister and teacher, Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire West (1974-1979)
  • Douglas Arthur Watkinson (b. 1945), English novelist, playwright and screenwriter, best known for his work on Howards' Way (1985), Midsomer Murders (1997) and The New Statesman (1984)
  • Russell Watkinson (b. 1977), English football midfielder
  • Andrew Watkinson, British ecologist, 2003 Marsh Ecology Award Laureate
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Watkinson Historic Events


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Watkinson Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Stanley Watkinson (b. 1919), New Zealander Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy New Zealand Division from Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Watkinson Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    11. ...

    The Watkinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watkinson 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 19 January 2016 at 07:49.

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