Last name: Watts

This is an Anglo-Scottish surname but of Norman-French and Germanic pre 7th century origins. Recorded as Walt, Watt, the diminutive Wattin, and the patronymics Watson, Wattins, Wattis, Watts, however spelt it derives from the popular medieval given name Walter. This was introduced into both England and Scotland by the Normans in the form Wattier or Wautier a compound of the Germanic elements "wald", meaning to rule and "heri"- an army. The original personal name gave rise to many surname variations as well as the double diminutives such as Watkinson, Watkins, and Watkiss. The surname is Scotland is particularly associated with Aberdeenshire where the first recording is that of Wat of Carnegy in 1446, whilst the family of Watts of Rosehill, were supporters of Kings James V1 in 1596, where they distinguished themselves in battle. Amongst the interesting recordings associated with the name is that of Roger Wattys of Suffolk in 1381 whilst David Watt was an early settler in the New World. He was recorded as being a landowner in the parish of Christchurch, in the Barbadoes, in 1680. It is said that there are no less than sixteen coats of arms granted to holders of this surname, that of Francis Watts of Vincent Square, Westminster, is Ermine, two lions argent, on a chief gules, three arrows conjoined, the crest being a silver greyhound sejant. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Wattes. This was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Oxfordshire, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Patricia Gregoryy
My mothers maiden name was Watts. Her dads name was Johnny Watts, unfortuately I dont have any information on him.

Gina Davey
My Grandfather was John Watts, 1845, Carhampton, Somerset. Blacksmith. and his father, Thomas, also a blacksmith, Old Cleeve, Somerset.

My 2nd great grandfather William Watts b1858 in Baulking (Balking), Berkshire came to Riverton, Southland, NZ prior to 1882 as he married into the Stuck family in 1882. My 3rd great grandfather Thomas b1829 in Kingston Lisle, Berkshire also came to NZ I think around the same time as his sons William & John along with their wives. It seems my Watts (they dropped the s when they came to NZ) were from mainly from Kingston Lisle, Baulking & Faringdon in Berkshire. Any info on the Watts would be great as I'm pretty much hamstrung at the moment.

I was told that the last name "WATTS" come from Greman and then off with the Jews and then to England which once it was in Greman the name was "Vatz" and once with went to England it was change to "WATTS"

DeceLL Watts
am 64 an like to no all my ancestor and family ph. 769-233-5533

WATTS in St.Croix Virgin Islands


My father's name was William Watts, from Moultrie, Ga.

Lewis Kingston

The article implied that Wat of Carnegy is the first recorded use as a surname in Scotland. Not so Walter Carnegie is who is referred to which surname he passed to his 2 sons.

Shannon Watts
I have a good bit of info on the Watts but of course it deadend eventually and no info can be found. I can date back to about late 1600 to 1700. Cynthia Putman from the Virginia area and she married a Marion Watts.

Charles Christopher Watts
My family has traced our Watts' ancestry in the State of Alabama to John Watts, a Scotsman, who was an interpreter for the British Army in the Tennessee River Area in north Alabama around 1702. He married into the Chickamauga(Southern Cherokee) tribe and his descendants became very prominent members and high ranking Chiefs in the Cherokee Nation. The town of Ft. Payne, Alabama was once called Wattstown due to the fact that it was the primary Chickamauga Settlement in the area and the home of a descendant of John Watts whose name was "Little Tassel" , who was the Chief of the Chickamauga. The city name was changed when a United States Army Officer by the last name Payne, built the first concentration camp in North America prior to the infamous "Trail of Tears" implemented by President Andrew Jackson. The Watts members of my family that avoided being rounded up fled south into what is now the Talladega National Forrest(the name isn't Talla-DEE-GA as it isn't Spanish, it is Cherokee and is pronounced Talla-DIGA) and the surviving family members claimed to be "Black Irish", or "Dark Gaelic" in order not to be rounded up and killed by deportation. So, the Watts family has been in the State of Alabama since 1702.

Tristan watts
My grandfather john watts came from the isles of scilly .anyone out there related?

Would like to find out more on my family the edward Lafayette watts b. family. And his dad is Rufus watts. And one related.

Leilani Watts (Purvis)
I was born in Toronto, Canada (live in California) and have a brother Jeffrey Bruce Watts (born in California) and sister Deborah Lynn Watts (Claytor) born in Toronto, Canada and lives in Arizona. My father Gordon Albert Watts was born 1933 in Canada, married Dorothy Alice ____ 1952 moved to Orange County, California in 1963. His Father Frank Watts lived in Toronto, Canada his whole life I believe. Had 2 sons, my father and his brother Allen Watts who lives in Barrie, Ontario, Canada today and has 2 daughters who live in Canada. My grandmother Jean Watts (Russell) originally from Scotland.

David Watts
I have traced my family back to; Antony Watts from Westbury, Wiltshire, England in 1639.

Lily Watts-Young
Hi, My Dad's name is Thomas Watts, my grandfather is Alexander Watts, and my great grandfather is also Alexander Watts. I'm so confused as to the origin of Watts! I've been told that I'm Scottish (on both sides of my family), but I want to find the "historically correct" tartan for myself and my son (I am aware that tartans didn't actually come out until the 19th century or so). I'm finding that I would either be Forbes, Watt, or Buchanan (or Watson, but they are a big NO). Can anyone help?

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