The surname Watkins can be English or Scottish origin.The surname is a diminutive of the given name Walter. It 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 Watkins 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. There was a native Old English form of the name , Wealdhere, but it was replaced at the time of the Conquest by the Continental forms in use among the Normans. 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 name dates as far back as the twelfth century were a Adam filius Walterkini is recorded in historical archives; by the thirteenth century the name was already being spelt as Watkins. The name was brought to America by English and Scottish immigrants.One of the first forefathers to… Coat of arms: Azure a…
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