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Watters is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.

Watters Early Origins



The surname Watters was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst. Hubert Walter (c.1160-1205) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor. Weeton in Lancashire was an early home of the family. "This place, in Domesday Book called Widetun, was early in the family of Walter." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The church [of Woolvercott in Lancashire], situated on the bank of the Isis, has a sepulchral chapel on the north side, containing a stately monument to the family of Walter, of whom David Walter was High Sheriff of the county, and commanded a regiment of horse under Charles I. in the parliamentary war." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
About the same time, Greenalgh with Thistleton, again in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. It was here that the manor of Greenalgh-cum-Thistleton was held in the reign of Charles I. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Watters Spelling Variations


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Watters Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.

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Watters Early History


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Watters Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watters research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1847, 1611, 1678, 1566, 1630, 1604, 1675, 1628, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Watters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watters Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Walter (1611-1678?), a Welsh Anglican priest who became a Puritan; Sir John Walter (1566-1630), an English judge and Member...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watters In Ireland


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Watters In Ireland



Some of the Watters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Watters or a variant listed above:

Watters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Watters, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Grace Watters, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Watters, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Grace Watters settled in Virginia in 1673 with her husband Edward
  • Christopher Watters, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Watters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Watters, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1703

Watters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Watters, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Thomas Watters, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Stephenson Watters, who landed in Mississippi in 1838
  • Charles Watters, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Patrick Watters, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Watters Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Watters, aged 21, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

Watters Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Watters, aged 29, a blacksmith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Marion Watters, aged 24, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Jessie Watters, aged 3, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Christian Watters, aged 3 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • John A. Watters, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Watters (post 1700)



  • Sam Watters (b. 1970), American songwriter and record producer
  • Richard "Ricky" Watters (b. 1969), former American NFL football running back
  • Lu Watters (1911-1989), American trumpeter and bandleader of the "Yerba Buena Jazz Band"
  • Loras Joseph Watters (1915-2009), American Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Harry Watters, American jazz trombonist
  • Warren Prall Watters (1890-1992), founding Archbishop of the Free Church of Antioch
  • Paul David Watters (b. 1968), Canadian politician
  • Henry Watters (1853-1924), Canadian mayor of the city of Ottawa (1924)
  • Charles J. Watters (1927-1967), Chaplain (Major) in the United States Army, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Andrée Watters (b. 1983), Canadian singer

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Watters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Watters 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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