The surname Watson can be English or Scottish origin.The surname signifies ‘the son of Walter’.Walter was one of the great fontal names of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and Wat was the popular nickname;it is thus scarcely suprising that Watson is one of the most familiar surnames in the English speaking world.Walter is an old Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘wald’ rule and ‘heri,hari’ army.It was introduced into England before the Norman conquest and after the Conquest became very popular.Walter was a cousin of the Conquerer and he was given a great deal of land.It was pronounced and often written ‘Wauter’ hence the abbreviated forms Wat,Watts and Wattie.The Gaelic name Mac Bhaididh was anglicised as MacQuatt,MacWatt,and MacWhatty and then further anglicised as Watson.The name dates as far back as the thirteenth century,were we both find Watson and Wattson as surnames in the Yorks poll-tax.The name was brought to America by English and Scottish immigrants.One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a Alexander Watson,a baker,who came to America aboard… Coat of arms: Per fess g…
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