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Where did the Scottish Watt family come from? What is the Scottish Watt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Watt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Watt family history?One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Watt is derived from from the personal name Walter, meaning strong warrior.
Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Watt has also been spelled Watts, Wathes, Wattys, Wath, Watt and others.
First found in Worcestershire. They held a family seat here from early times, and were descended from Simon Wathes, a soldier of fortune, who accompanied King Stephen into England in the year 1135. John Wathes was Lord of the manor of Eston in that county in 1347. His son, William Wathes, was father of Simon Wattys. Sir Richard Wattys, his son, fought under the banner of York at the Battle of Wakefield where he died leaving Thomas Wattys the manor of Whitefield in Northampton.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watt research. Another 436 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1446, 1511, 1586, 1596, 1609, 1615, 1663, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Watt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Watt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Watt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Watt, or a variant listed above:
Watt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Watt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Watt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Watt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Watt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Watt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Fide et fiducia
Motto Translation: By fidelity and confidence.
The Watt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watt 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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