Waugh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Waugh family

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.

The abbreviation of Waugh created a separate branch of the Clan, and David Waugh of Lanarkshire, Robert Waugh of Heap, rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. This latter person may have been the same as Robert de Wauchope who also rendered homage for the Wauchopes. [1]

"The border name of Waugh is an abbreviation of Wau-chope, the Waughs are sprung from the Wauchopes and have the same arms." [1]

Later some of the family we found across the border in England, where Willelmus Wahh was registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

"The Waughs, who are now established in England in the counties of Northumberland and Durham, probably hail originally from the Waughs of the Scottish border counties, where the name still has its home, especially in Roxburghshire and Dumfriesshire. The Waughs of Heip, in Roxburghshire, held those lands from the 13th to the 17th century." [3]

Early History of the Waugh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waugh research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1436, 1448, 1467, 1445, 1178, 1521, 1526, 1536, 1543, 1585, 1649, 1590, 1672, 1656, 1734, 1723, 1751, 1682, 1587, 1589, 1590, 1633, 1664, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Waugh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Waugh Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Waugh family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert de Wauchope; John Waugh (1656-1734), an English clergyman, Bishop of Carlisle from 1723; and his son, John Waugh who became Dean of Worcester in 1751. Sir John Wauchope (d. 1682), of Niddrie, was a Scottish covenanter, descended from the old family of Wauchope of Wauchope in Dumfriesshire, who became proprietors of the lands of Culter, Aberdeenshire, and from the thirteenth century were hereditary baillies in Mid Lothian to the Keith Marischal of Scotland, afterwards Earl Marischal, from whom they obtained the lands of Niddrie Marischal in that county. Robert Wauchope, great-grandfather of Sir...
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Waugh Ranking

In the United States, the name Waugh is the 2,733rd most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [4] However, in New Zealand, the name Waugh is ranked the 603rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,194 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Waugh family to Ireland

Some of the Waugh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 215 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Waugh migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waugh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Waugh, who settled in New England in 1656
  • Dorothy Waugh, aged 20, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656 [6]
Waugh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Waugh, who landed in New England in 1733 [6]
  • James and John Waugh, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • William Waugh, who settled in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1788
Waugh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Waugh, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801 [6]
  • Black Alexander Waugh, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [6]
  • David Waugh, aged 18, who arrived in New Jersey in 1812 [6]
  • Helen Waugh, her husband and child, settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1820
  • James Waugh, who landed in Ohio in 1833 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Waugh migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waugh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Waugh, a soldier, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1837 [7]
  • Mr. James Waugh, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing from the port of Limerick, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [8]

Australia Waugh migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Waugh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Waugh, (b. 1817), aged 24, Irish farm labourer from County Down, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [9]
  • Miss Isabella Waugh, (b. 1825), aged 16, Irish house servant from County Down, Ireland departing on 8th July 1841 from Greenock, Scotland aboard the ship "New York Packet" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 23rd October 1841 [10]

New Zealand Waugh 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:

Waugh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Waugh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [11]
  • Mrs. Alison Waugh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Waugh, (b. 1832), aged 28, British farm labourer travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • Mrs. Ann Waugh, (b. 1837), aged 23, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [11]
  • Mr. James Waugh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Waugh (post 1700) +

  • John S. Waugh (1929-2014), American chemist awarded the Irving Langmuir Award (1976) and co-winner of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1983)
  • Hillary Baldwin Waugh (1920-2008), pioneering American mystery novelist. In 1989, Waugh was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America
  • Frank Albert Waugh (1869-1943), American landscape architect
  • First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh (d. 1944), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Henry Waugh, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Penang, 1907 [13]
  • Edgar W. Waugh, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan superintendent of public instruction, 1951 [13]
  • E. Otto Waugh, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Taylor County, 1941-42 [13]
  • Daniel Webster Waugh (1842-1921), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1891-95 [13]
  • Charles M. Waugh, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Muskegon County 1st District, 1961 [13]
  • Angie F. Waugh, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [13]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Waugh 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: Industria ditat
Motto Translation: Industry enriches.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  9. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=231
  10. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5316/4_4782/New%20York%20Packet_23%20Oct%201841/4_478200095.jpg&No=268
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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