Watson Family Crest


Watson family crest

Colors on the Watson family crest explained

Argent (silver) - signifies the sincere and peaceful nature of Watson family members.

Sable (black) - symbolizes constancy and the enduring nature of this family.

Azure (blue) - represents the family's loyalty and truthful nature



  Symbols on the Watson family crest explained

The three crescent moons - represents family members steady control and power over everyday actions.

The lion and crown - signifies the weight of early family members duties in service to others. It represents their obligations, particularly those related the service of a knight or nobleman.

The three martlet birds - represent speed, swiftness and family members quick ability to act when needed.

The Chevron shape - symbolizes the historical family home, the importance of home for Watson family members through the years and the safety this provides.


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Origins of the Watson family name

The earliest known origin of the name Watson is from the Old English surname Wat, which was a diminutive of the name Walter.
The name Watson is also found in Scotland, where it is a habitational name from Watston in East Lothian.
Watston is derived from the Old English personal name Wat or the Old Norse personal name Vatz, both of which are diminutives of the name Walter.

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Summary of the Watson family and the Watson family crest

  • The Watson family name was derived from the given name Wat, a pet form of the given name Walter.
  • The first recorded spelling of the Watson family name is found in the Domesday Book of 1086.
  • The Watson family name is thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin.
  • The Watson family were originally from the county of Lancashire in England.
  • The Watson family name is found in many different spellings including Wat, Watts, Wats and Wasson.
  • The Watson family were originally farmers and agricultural workers.
  • The Watson family name is also found in Scotland and Ireland.
  • The Watson family name is also associated with the textile industry in England.
  • The Watson family first began to emigrate to America in the 17th century. 
  • The Watson family name was first found in America in 1635, when Richard Watson arrived in Massachusetts. He was followed by Thomas Watson in 1639, and John Watson in 1643.