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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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

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.