Watterhouse is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Watterhouse family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Waterhouse.
This place-name indicates that the original bearer lived in a house located near a body of water.
Early Origins of the Watterhouse family
The surname Watterhouse 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Watterhouse family
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Watterhouse Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Watterhouse has been recorded under many different variations, including Watehouse, Waterhouse and others.
Early Notables of the Watterhouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Watterhouse family to Ireland
Some of the Watterhouse 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.
Migration of the Watterhouse family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Watterhouses were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Joe Waterhouse who settled in Virginia in 1622; Samuel Waterhouse settled in Virginia in 1642; William Waterhouse settled in Virginia in 1654; John Waterhouse settled in Philadelphia in 1820.
The Watterhouse 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.