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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waugh related to me.

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

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

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


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.

matthew waugh
waugh from crawcrook, gateshead, tyne and wear.

Jake Waugh
Nicholas I think you might be my 8th cousin because he likes daffy duck and also Martin Waugh was my great grandfather who liked cricket

Jake Waugh
Nicholas are you In England

You are my next door neighbor

Ryan Waugh
I was always told we were of Irish descent. This might explain a few things!

Eleanor Waugh
I didn't know that there were so many Waugh's

Marty waugh
big ups to the waugh family

Justin Waugh
Hello my fellow waughs.

Donald Waugh
Waugh's up? lol

Jeannette Waugh
Married George Horton Reg. June 1916 Goole, England Son George Verdun Horton b. 5/6/1916 Goole, England. Able Seaman George Verdun Horton was lost when HMS Martin was sunk 10/11/1942. Has anyone any information regarding this family please. Tom (HMS Martin Website)

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