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The surname Waugh was first found in Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat in Wauchopedale from about the year 1150. Robert de Wauchope was one of twelve knights who negotiated the law of the border territories in 1249.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waugh, Wauchope, Waughe, Walge, Wach, Walcht and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waugh research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1590, 1672, 1656, 1734, 1723, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Waugh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Waugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Waugh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 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:

Waugh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Dorothy Waugh settled in New England in 1656
  • Dorothy Waugh, aged 20, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656

Waugh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Waugh, who landed in New England in 1733
  • James and John Waugh settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • William Waugh settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1788

Waugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Waugh, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Black Alexander Waugh, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812
  • David Waugh, aged 18, arrived in New Jersey in 1812
  • Helen Waugh, her husband and child, settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1820
  • James Waugh, who landed in Ohio in 1833


Waugh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mathew Waugh, a soldier, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1837

Waugh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Waugh, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Esther Waugh, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • George Waugh, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • F. J. Waugh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • George Waugh, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880


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  • W. T. Waugh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960
  • O. E. Waugh, American Republican politician, Mayor of Grafton, West Virginia, 1937
  • N. D. Waugh, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1956
  • Michael L. Waugh, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 28th District, 1999-2004
  • John A. Waugh, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 43rd District, 1860-61
  • Marcia Waugh, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Jesse A. Waugh, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Forsyth County, 1854-57
  • James Waugh, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County, 1829
  • Homer Roy Waugh (1879-1945), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1909-10; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, 1910-14
  • Henry Waugh, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Penang, 1907

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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: Industria ditat
Motto Translation: Industry enriches.

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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Waugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waugh 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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