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What does the name Watson mean?

Watson is an English and Scottish surname, where it is still popular as the 19th most common in Scotland, 46th most common in England. Watson is believed to have patronymic roots, referring to someone being the son of Walter or Wat (the diminutive form), this name being quite common in the 1200s and 1300s.

The earliest occurrence of the Watson surname in our family history documents is from 1479, and we currently have 3,195,110 records where Watson appears.

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