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Watson Family History

Watson Name Meaning

Scottish English and Irish: patronymic meaning ‘son of Wat’ a pet form of Walter that was particularly common in Scotland and northern England. See Watt .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wayson, Watton, Hasson, Wasson, Latson, Batson, Rayson, Ritson

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Where is the Watson family from?

You can see how Watson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Watson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Watson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 10,629 Watson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 20% of all the recorded Watson's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Watson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Watson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Watson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Watson. 6% of Watson men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Watson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Watson were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Watson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 270,000 immigration records available for the last name Watson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 299,000 military records available for the last name Watson. For the veterans among your Watson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Watson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Watson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Watson in 1940 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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