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Watrous is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Watrous family lived in Lincolnshire, at Waterhouse. This place-name indicates that the original bearer lived in a house located near a body of water.

Watrous Early Origins



The surname Watrous was first found in Lincolnshire where Guy de Craon held the lands of Kirton from Count Alan at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. His successor was known as Ab Aquae Domo or Sir Gilbert Waterhouse. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Watrous Spelling Variations


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Watrous Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Watehouse, Waterhouse and others.

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Watrous Early History


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Watrous Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watrous research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watrous History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watrous Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watrous Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Watrous In Ireland


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Watrous In Ireland



Some of the Watrous family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Watrous or a variant listed above:

Watrous Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. Watrous, aged 34, who arrived in America from England, in 1893
  • Amalia Watrous, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Chas. A. Watrous, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Mrs. W. W. Watrous, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • W. W. Watrous, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watrous Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jerry Watrous, aged 17, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Marie Watrous, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Lee Watrous, aged 19, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Harry Watrous, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. Ralph C. Watrous, aged 48, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watrous Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Liberty Watrous, who landed in Canada in 1837

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watrous (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Watrous (post 1700)



  • William Russell Watrous III (b. 1939), American jazz trombonist
  • Jerome Anthony Watrous (1840-1922), American author, newspaper writer, politician, and soldier
  • Malena Watrous, American novelist, essayist, short story writer and educator
  • John S. Watrous (d. 1897), American politician, 9th Speaker of the Minnesota Territory House of Representatives (1857-1858)
  • John Charles Watrous (1801-1874), United States federal judge and former Attorney General of Texas
  • Ansel Watrous (1838-1911), American newspaper editor and historian, known for his History of Larimer County, Colorado, published in 1911
  • Albert Andrew "Al" Watrous (1899-1983), American professional PGA golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1920s and 1930s
  • John Harrison Watrous, Canadian professor of computer science at the University of Waterloo, editor of the journal Theory of Computing

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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: Veritas vincit omnia
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers All.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Watrous Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watrous 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.

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