Last name: Watson

This is a famous Anglo-Scottish surname of great antiquity. Very popular in the north of England and the Border Country, it is one of the patronymic forms of the pre 7th century popular male personal name Watt, itself a development of the Anglo-Saxon personal name and later surname, Walter. This has the interesting translation of 'powerful warrior'. It is also claimed that the name was introduced into the British Isles by the Norman-French invaders after the Conquest of England in 1066, in the forms of Waltier and Wautier. Certainly in the medieval period of history the name generated a number of different spellings amongst them the short forms of Wat, Watt and Walt, and from these the patronymics Watts, Wattis, and the popular Watson. The surname in any form is first recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Devonshire in England in 1176 as Peganus Wat. In Scotland the earliest recording that we ccan find is that of as John Watson, who held lands in Edinburgh in 1392. Examples of later recordings taken from the early surviving registers of the diocese of Greater London include: the christening of Anne Watson on April 18th 1556, at St. Margaret's, Westminster; and the christening of Assabell Watson on May 16th 1561, at the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. One of the earliest emigrants to the Virginia Colony in New England was John Watson. He left London on the ship "Speedwell" on May 15th 1635, although his later history is now lost. The first recorded spelling of the family name is probably that of Richard Watson. This was dated 1324, in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, in Yorkshire, and during the reign of King Edward 11nd of England, 1307 - 1327. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop," often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2015

Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA!

Surname Scroll

Enjoy this name printed onto our colourful scroll, printed in Olde English script. An ideal gift. View Details.
PayPal Acceptance Mark
Surname Scroll

Michael lee watson
Hi watsons, im michael watson trying to find out family tree. My dad lawrence sanford watson jr. My grandpa lawrence sanford watson. We all lived in dayton ohio. They have both passed away. My grandpa was married to zola byrd watson any help or relatives around ? Would like to go back as far as i can. I am 44. Never done fam tree b4. Anyone got anything thanks. Email@

Esau Rhymes who lived in early !830's married Ann Saundess in !
Can you Find anything on the above

Audrey Wigley
Daughter of John King Watson, son of John King Watson, son of Harry Reid Watson, son of Benjamin Watson, son of John Watson, son of William Watson, son of Major Thomas Watson and wife Ellen Easton, daughter of Thomas Easton and wife Grace (Of Aberdeen, Scotland). Major Watson was a Civil Engineer in charge of building the Caledonian Canal (Scotland). Anyone help on any of this? Can't find him in records but have handwritten letter from his Grand daughter telling of all this

My ggrandfather, George Watson was married to Elizabeth Hill. They were both born and raised in Butler and Warren county, Ohio. George's father was Jacob D. Watson who married Rachel Cross. Both were born in Warren County, Ohio. Jacob's father, was James Watson who married Ann Duterrow. James Watson was born in Ireland and Ann Duterrow was born in Pennsylvania. Ann Duterroew's father was Jacob Duterrow(?). James Watson is found living with the Bailey's for many years in 1860-1900 US census records. I am interested in finding out more and willing to share my records. If these names/areas are familiar to anyone, please contact me so that we may further analyze. My email is:

Michelle Hart
Hi Everyone! My great grandma Collins passed away this past May. Although she was a wealth of information, I never found out about her mother, Mary Edna Watson,.side. Unfortunately my family tree only goes back to my great great and stops there. What i can tell you is she and my great great grandpa, Willie Colin McCain, had my great grandma in Cedar Key,.Florida.


Hi Everyone, my name is Sandy Watson, wife of Marion Watson (a.k.a. Marion Michael). We are from Bethelridge, Casey County, KY. He is writing a book based in foundation of the Faith of Jesus Christ ~ he's a KODT (Key of David Testament). He has witnessed the Lord many times. In witnessing The Lord, he's also witnessed those things that are not of The Lord ~ that is is hard part for him. His testimony is unbelievable, but believable as well. I guess the Watsons are warriors, kind of stubborn at times too :) He's a veteran and a professional chemcial engineer (makes his own stuff :). Anyway, God bless you all, and thanks for being Christians for that eans more than anything in this world, at all times! :)

My name is verna watson , i was born in Kingston Jamaica. My father name is Ferdinand watson ,he had a brother name George and a sister name Lucille Morrison .He have several children. i am a love child . I would like to meet my sisters and brothers. I met one of my brother over fifty years ago, his name is Michael. I am now living in NYC over forthy years.

My ' Asia
my name is myasia watson.

Grandparents and father from Alabama, just trying to find out how we got here. I live in Louisiana, and originally from Gretna, Louisiana

Tashawn Watson
Hello I am looking for anyones help. I was born to David james Watson a Marine and my mother was a nameless orphan. My grandmother/ her adopted mother named her Susan Carol Ramey. My mother was murdered when I was 10 and I was placed into states custody. I have no living relatives and I know hardly anything about who I am but I do know my last name is Watson and that has to hold some value. If any of you could assist me I would be forever greatful. God Bless my email is


Hello clan Watson my ggg grandad haild from clan Watson. he was ,along with other clan members forced to Northern Ireland in the great plantation. he was what was called an undertaker.they settled in county Fermanaugh(not sure of the spelling). from their they left north Ireland for America. on the ship named the speedwell.were they got involved with prohibition.did quite well. and when the selling alcohol became leagle so did well that in fact we are still reaping the rewards god bless clan Watson


Clan Watson anglo-scottish-scots irish-ulster scots born fighting. Although I am a lover of all beautiful woman.Also i dont mind a good fight now and again.L.O.L... .P.S.My grand mother is Irish 2/3rds and Dutch.Maiden name is pierce. God bless. Glenn Harris Watson. My brother is Bruce Norman Watson. My sis is Sharon Dale Watson.(noel)god bless all those of clan Watson and affiliated


I was born in east l.A.So living by the knive and dying by the knive came to me (scots irish desent)a given.So much so as a good bourbon whiskey.

glenn harris watson

my family is scots irish on my dads, side.on my mothers side 2|3rds irish@dutch.I find your comment interesting because my older brothers name is bruce norman watson.however he has passed on.all

glenn harris watson

my name is glenn harris watson,scots irish, desent. on my fathers side. 2/3rds 2/3rds irish the rest is dutch on my mothers side.what i find interesting is that my broter bruce, his full name is bruce norman watson clan watson.god bless clan watson cheers! unexpectedly flourihsed.and let us not forget the mighty oak tree. god bless all! scots irish desent on my fathers side (the border reivers

glenn harris watson the watsons of saughton house (clan watson border reivers,desent

my older brother died,(may he rest in peace).i have a niece out there my brother bruces daughter, Nina, and my sister in law,Martha,clan watson.i would very much like to get in touch with them.bruce loved them so much.after they parted there was no one who could even get ciose to if you should ever read this please answer. with all our love mr.@mrs.glenn@barbara watson.

Robert Watson

As far back as I can get for my Watson's is James and Elizabeth of Ednam around the year 1794 and they died in the 1800's in Turnberry Twp Ontario Canada

glenn harris watson mac watt, mac walters walterson mac wattie watters,Gaelic mac uait mac uaid mac bhaididh mac quaid mac quatt

hi its me glenn again i guess mayby you might wondering, how there got to be so many of i am not ready for the looney bin (at least not yet)that is just some of the different ways the surmame has been speld through the centuries god bless you all

glenn harris watson

whatzon.yes, what is on my mind?it would be a good thing for me ,and i am sure for other watsons of either scottish or scots irish desent,if we could find new info.on our clan.also clan douglas give us what we are owed . our chiefship.reason being there are a lot of watsons in the united states of america that are upset that your clan has the means to do so.also if there are any clansmen(watson)out there that are not aware of the marriage of the female line of clan watson with clan douglas,the people in question could very well and under scottish law,are able to do so,if they wish.this is all about solidarity, as i see it.but then i do not know the whole cha-cha.if you clan douglas shoud decide to do so.clan watson woud be foever blessed glenn h.watson

William George Watson b. Quebec Canada 1837 approx. was a mariner who immigrated to South Australia in 1859 and married Sarah Lancaster in Robe, South Australia in 1861. Sarah went on to remary James McLean. There are no records of William George Watson coming to Australia or leaving Australia. There is no birth records of him. Documents state his father was John Watson. What makes it difficult is he had a son William George Bowden Watson born in Australia 1864 and died in Australia in 1910. The sons death record states his father as WIlliam George Bowden Watson and his mother as Anne Baker (assuming this is a stepmom). Some records say William George Bowden Watson went to Canada with his father WIlliam George Watson and returned to Australia around 1873. Any insights would be welcome, especially from relatives or those that can navigate Canandian records well. Any crew list records are welcome to. Some records indicate he came on the David McIvor ship in 1859 to Adelaide but there is no record of him on the passenger or crew list.