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WATSON - Name Meaning & Origin


WATSON Surname Meaning & Origin:

Watson is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Watt." The popular Middle English given names Wat or Watt were pet forms of the name Walter, meaning "ruler of the army." From the elements wald, meaning rule, and heri, meaning army.

Watson is the 76th most popular surname in the United States. Ward is also popular in England, coming in as the 44th most common surname.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname WATSON:

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WATSON Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - WATSON Genealogy
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WATSON Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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DistantCousin.com - WATSON Genealogy & Family History
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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