Last name: Waugh

This interesting name is of Scottish and northern English origin, commonly found on both sides of the Scottish border. It is an ancient ethnic name meaning 'foreigner', derived from the Old English pre 7th Century (Anglian) word 'walh', foreign, used by the Anglians of the Strathclyde Celts, the Britons, who survived as a separate group in Scotland well into the Middle Ages. The name 'Wallace' is from the same source, the word 'Waleis', and was used to denote variously Scotsmen, Welshmen and Bretons as well as the Strathclyde Britons. The first recording of the name in England is that of 'William Wahh' in the Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire, 1379. In Scotland the Waughs of Heap in Roxburghshire held these lands from the 13th Century to the 17th Century. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Walgh, which was dated 1296, Documents Relating to Scotland, Public Records Office, during the reign of John Balliol, King of Scotland, 1292 - 1296. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I would like to know more about my family on my dad's side. My grandfather was born in Scotland in 1889 his name is George Scotty Waugh my father was never really told about his dad's family or history. He did come out to the U.S. and lived in Colusa, Ca. He passed in 1948 and is buried in Colusa, Ca. If anyone has this connection with me I would love to be in contact with you. Thank you so much.

Sue Kern
Does anyone know what the Waugh family tatan looks like and where the fabric can be obtained?

M Waugh

Waugh comes under the Roxburgh tartan. Reddy orange and green.

WOW i'm from Scottish jeez didn't know Waugh was so AWESOME

my grandfather is a Waugh, Joseph L. Waugh from Washington DC most of my family with this history passed before I was able to understand how important family history was and info will help please be honest their is nothing to gain from a lie

bj Waugh

Veronica, don;t have any Josephs in my family tree but the Waughs always ran to boys and scattered like buckshot. A dear friend traced my family back to an Abraham Waugh whom had 13 sons and lived near Philly Pa. Chances are good that your grandfather is a descendant and we are kin. My branch moved to Kentucky, then Illinois, where I was born. If you check the county records for deaths and births you can gain a lot of information. You might start in the county your grandfather died and research backward. Usually a death certificate will give a birthplace and you can start a new search for parents there, depending on how well records were kept and ow many times the court house was set on fire. A lot of courthouses were burned to destroy records for many reasons. Here in Texas, there were a lot of fire and bloodshed over which town was to be the county seat. Other times, the courthouse would be raided and all records stolen and taken to another town because a dispute arose over locations. The Federal regulations governing county seats state that a county seat cannot be more than a half day's ride by horseback from any point in the county. Good luck with your hunting! If I can be of any help, my e-mail is

wallace jack
waugh related to me.

There is information on Waugh Families in this book 1CAncaster 19s Heritage: A History of Ancaster Township 1D, 1973), which you can access on - If you register, you can go back anytime you want to the site. It's free. Choose "Ontario" and click on the correct alphabet letter for first word in the book title and a picture of the book should pop up. The Waugh Family in this book originated in Scotland and immigrated to Ontario about 1795

Joanne Waugh
Looking for my roots, grandfather William James Waugh Sr. born in PA, moved to Ma. Anyone know anything about his family?

deborah jordan

I am a fellow Waugh.

my 4th, great Grandfather is Gideon Waugh from Ohio, USA 1797-1869

Betty Elzea
My mother was a Waugh. The family came from the Scottish borders. There I found a variation: Wauchope

M waugh

There are Waughs still living in the borders now, my family have been here a few hundred years.

Rebeccah Cope
I've found some interesting (possible) connections of Waugh to the surnames Waff(e) and Wass(e), etymological dictionaries especially from Scotland to Ireland, but also possibly with a link to Cornwall.

Jack Waugh

I'm from James Waugh, the Waughs that then migrated to Central WV (upshur co)

Kieran Waugh

I come from south England and am very interested in my family name, the above comments seem to suggest the surname stretches far and wide.