Watterson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Watterson family

The surname Watterson was first found in Ross-shire, Scotland where they held the lands of Waterson in the parish of Fern (Fearn) in that shire from very ancient times. Wether Hill is located in Dumfries and Galloway, near New Galloway, Scotland; near Perth and near Penrith, England.

Early History of the Watterson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watterson research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1359, 1495, 1594, 1929, 1585, 1634, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Watterson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Watterson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waterson, Watersone, Waterston, Watherston and many more.

Early Notables of the Watterson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Edward Waterson (died 1594), English Catholic priest and martyr, beatified in 1929; Simon Waterson (1585-1634) a London prominent publisher of Edmund...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watterson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Watterson family to Ireland

Some of the Watterson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Watterson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Watterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Watterson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1852 [1]

New Zealand Watterson 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:

Watterson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Watterson, aged 36, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Mary Watterson, aged 36, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Jamie Watterson, aged 12, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Mary Watterson, aged 14, a sempstress, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • John Watterson, aged 9, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Watterson (post 1700) +

  • Peter Francis Watterson (1927-1996), American Catholic priest
  • John Ambrose Watterson (1844-1899), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Harvey Magee Watterson (1811-1891), American lawyer, newspaper editor, and politician
  • Henry Watterson (1840-1921), American journalist
  • William Boyd "Bill" Watterson (b. 1958), American cartoonist and the author of the influential and popular comic strip Calvin and Hobbes
  • Mike Watterson (1942-2019), English professional snooker player, businessman and entrepreneur; he won a National Amateur Championship, and was an England Amateur international for two years
  • Juan Paul Watterson (b. 1980), Manx politician, Speaker of the House of Keys, and a member for Rushen, on the Isle of Man
  • Henry Watterson Hull Ph.D. (1890-1977), American character actor
  • Frank Watterson Nesbitt (b. 1870), American Republican politician, Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney, 1901-04; Circuit Judge in West Virginia for the 1st Judicial Circuit, 1905-13 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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