Watson Family History

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Watson Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Wat (see Watt)

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Watson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Watson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Watson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Watson Family Origin

Where is the Watson family from?

Watson Family Occupations

What did your Watson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Watson. The most common Watson occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Watson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Watson family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • School

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Watson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Watson Historical Records

What Watson family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Watson Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Watson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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