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Where did the English Watt family come from? What is the English 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?

The surname Watt was derived from the common given name Watt, which was a short form of Walter.

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

First found in Worscestershire 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. 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watt research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1511, 1615, 1446, 1674 and 1748 are included under the topic Early Watt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Watt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Watt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • David Watt settled in Barbados in 1680
  • Hannah Watt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1684

Watt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Charles Watt, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Watt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Watt, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Margaret Watt, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Watt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
  • Jane Watt, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Andrew Watt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812


Watt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Watt, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Catharine Watt, aged 3, arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • George Watt, aged 40, landed in Quebec in 1821
  • Janet Watt, aged 10, arrived in Quebec in 1821
  • John Watt, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834


Watt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Watt, a mason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Watt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
  • Annie Watt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • Mary Watt, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Watt, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena"


Watt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Watt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Lilford
  • William Hogg Watt landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Catherine Johnson
  • P Watt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Ann Watt, aged 17, a sempstress, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Peter Watt, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841


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  • James Gaius Watt (b. 1938), American government administrator, Secretary of the Interior (1981-83)
  • Michael David "Mike" Watt (b. 1957), American bassist, singer and songwriter, known for his work with The Minutemen
  • Eddie Dean Watt (b. 1941), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • 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
  • Herschel Oulio Sanchez Watt (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Ian Watt (1917-1999), English literary critic, literary historian and professor of English at Stanford University
  • 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
  • Hugh Watt (1912-1980), Australian-born New Zealand politician, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1974)
  • Alexander Stuart Watt (1892-1985), British botanist and plant ecologist
  • Robert Alexander Watson- Watt KCB, FRS, FRAeS (1892-1973), Scottish scientist considered by many to be the "inventor of radar"

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