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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Typical jobs for Watsons
Hard-working people, the Watsons. 3361 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Watsons lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Watson in Yorkshire.
Watsons’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Watsons were angels, apparently. We found 3265 in criminal records.
Watsons in World War I
According to the World War I records, 5441 Watsons served in the First World War.