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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Watton family name to the British Isles. They lived in Nottingham, at Whatton. The name of this town derives from the Old English words hvaete, meaning wheat, and tun, meaning settlement or enclosure.

Watton Early Origins



The surname Watton was first found in Nottingham where a Norman noble, Robert de Watone, the youngest son of Gaitier de Tirell, Seigneur de Poix in Picardy, was granted the Lordship of Wattone in the Vale in that shire, and it was shown in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Today, there are numerous places in Britain by the name Watton: Watton, Devon; Watton, East Riding of Yorkshire; Watton, Norfolk; and Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire.

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Watton Spelling Variations


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Watton Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Wattone, Watone, Wathon, Watton, Watten, Wattan, Whattone, Whatone, Whathon and many more.

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Watton Early History


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Watton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Watton research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Watton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Watton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Watton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Watton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Watton or a variant listed above were:

Watton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Watton, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Watton who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Joe Watton arrived in St. Christopher in 1635 and moved to the mainland in Virginia in the same year
  • Jo Watton, aged 25, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Thomas Watton settled in Virginia in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Watton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Watton arrived in Baltimore in 1775

Watton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Watton was at Ireland's Eye in 1871

Watton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Watton was a fisherman of Change Islands who settled in Newfoundland in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Elizabeth Watton settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Watton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Watton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Watton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Watton (post 1700)



  • Christopher Lee Watton (b. 1977), American football offensive lineman
  • James "Jim" Watton (b. 1936), English former footballer who played from 1962 to 1968
  • Ben Watton (b. 1995), English child actor
  • Laura Watton (b. 1979), British manga artist and founding member of Sweatdrop Studios
  • Most Reverend James Augustus Watton (1915-1995), Canadian Anglian bishop, Archbishop of Moosonee (1963-1979), of Metropolitan of Ontario (1974-1979)

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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: Fidei coticula crux
Motto Translation: The cross is the test of truth.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

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