First composed in the countryside now known as Wales
, the ancient name of Watkison began its life as a name for a the personal name
Walter. The surname Watkison 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suffix -son, which superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Watkison family
The surname Watkison 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.
Early History of the Watkison family
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Watkison Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Watkison has seen various spelling variations: Watkinson, Watkisson, Watkynson, Wattkinson, Waytkinson, Waytekinson, Waitkinson, Watkenson and many more.
Early Notables of the Watkison family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watkison family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Watkison: Elizabeth Watkinson settled in New England
in 1718; John Watkinson settled in Barbados in 1634; John Watkinson settled in New York state in 1774; Elizabeth settled in New York State in 1820 along with Thomas, Peter and Maria..