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Origins of the Watts surname

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What does the name Watts mean?

Watts is an English surname. The Watts name is patronymic in its origin, given to those who were the son or heir of someone named 'Walter' or 'Wat'. Wat was a diminutive form of Walter, one of the most popular names of the 1200s and 1300s.

Alternative variations of the name Watts

Watts, Watt, Wat, Wats, Waits

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Where do most Wattses live?

In 1921, most Wattses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Wattses

How common is your surname?

122nd most common surname in the UK

We have 265,000 records for the Watts surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Wattses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Watts first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Wattses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Wattses in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Wattses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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