Watt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Watt was derived from the common given name Watt, which was a short form of Walter. "Walter being one of the great fontal names of the 13th and 14th centuries, and Wat being the popular nick., it can scarcely be a matter for surprise that Watts and Watson are two of our most familiar surnames." [1]

Early Origins of the Watt family

The surname Watt was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from early times, and were descended from Simon Wathes, a soldier of fortune, who accompanied King Stephen into England in the year 1135.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing for the family, that of William Wattes in Oxfordshire and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Watte as holding lands there at that time. [1]

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.

Sir Michael Wath ( fl. 1314-1347), was an English judge who probably derived his surname from one of the three places of the name of Wath in Yorkshire. [2]

"The family of Watts of Hawkesdale Hall, co. Cumberland, deduce themselves from Sir John le Fleming, Lord of Wath, on Dearn, co. York, who died 14. Edw. II. His second son Raynier assumed the territorial name De Wath, and his descendants gradually corrupted that designation to its present form. In temp. Edward II. it was De Wath or Wathes; temp. Henry VI., Wattys; temp. Henry VII., Wattes; temp. Charles I., and subsequently, Watts." [3]

Early History of the Watt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watt research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1511, 1615, 1446, 1674, 1748 and are included under the topic Early Watt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Watt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Watts, Wathes, Wattys, Wath, Watt and others.

Early Notables of the Watt family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Watt family to Ireland

Some of the Watt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Watt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Watt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Watt, who settled in Barbados in 1680
  • Hannah Watt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1684 [4]
Watt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Watt, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [4]
Watt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Watt, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [4]
  • Margaret Watt, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • James Watt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [4]
  • Jane Watt, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Andrew Watt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Watt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Watt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Watt U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. John Watt U.E. who settled in Didgequash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists, he served in the 74th Regiment [5]
  • Mr. Robert Watt U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [5]
Watt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Watt, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Catharine Watt, aged 3, who arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • George Watt, aged 40, who landed in Quebec in 1821
  • Janet Watt, aged 10, who arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • John Watt, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Watt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Watt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Watt, a mason, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mrs. Catherine Watt, (Watts), (b. 1787), aged 39, Irish dairy maid who was convicted in Kildare, Ireland for 14 years for uttering forged notes, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 5 children [6]
  • Mr. John Watt, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • James Watt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [8]
  • Annie Watt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Watt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Watt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Watt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Lilford
  • William Hogg Watt, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Catherine Johnson
  • Mr. John Watt, British surgeon travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenbervie" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th March 1840 [10]
  • Mrs. Watt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenbervie" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th March 1840 [10]
  • P Watt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Watt (post 1700) +

  • Trent Jordan Watt (b. 1994), American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the N fl. Younger Brother of JJ Watt and Derek Watt
  • Derek John Watt (b. 1992), American football fullback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL Younger Brother of JJ Watt and older Brother to TJ Watt
  • Justin James Watt (b. 1989), American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the NFL older brother to Derek Watt and TJ Watt
  • Douglas Benjamin Watt (1914-2009), American theater critic who reported on classical music and opera for The New Yorker, one of the founders of the Drama Desk Awards
  • Eddie Dean Watt (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Michael David "Mike" Watt (b. 1957), American bassist, singer and songwriter, known for his work with The Minutemen
  • James Gaius Watt (b. 1938), American government administrator, Secretary of the Interior (1981-83)
  • Ian Watt (1917-1999), English literary critic, literary historian and professor of English at Stanford University
  • Herschel Oulio Sanchez Watt (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Ms. Lindsey Margaret Watt O.B.E., British Headteacher for Castleview Primary School, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Education in Edinburgh [11]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert A E Watt (b. 1919), English Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Charles J J Watt (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George Watt (b. 1913), English Able Bodied Seaman from Rawdon, Leeds, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Inglis "Bessie" Watt, (née Milne), aged 40, Scottish Second Class passenger from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9 [14]
  • Miss Robertha Josephine "Bertha" Watt, aged 12, Scottish Second Class passenger from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9 [14]


Suggested Readings for the name Watt +

  • 2117 "Some Descendants of John Watts of Virginia" by Soule J. Watt.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLENSWILLY 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Glenswilly.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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