Watson (forename)

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Watson is a patronymic forename of English and Scottish origin. Meaning "Son of Walter" or "Son of Water", the name originated in Old English because in medieval times the usual pronunciation of Walter was Water. [1] [2]

A patronymic, or patronym, is a component of a personal name based on the given name of one's father, grandfather, or an earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based on the name of one's mother or a female ancestor is a matronymic. Each is a means of conveying lineage.

Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is the earliest historical form of the English language, spoken in England and southern and eastern Scotland in the early Middle Ages. It was brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers probably in the mid-5th century, and the first Old English literary works date from the mid-7th century. After the Norman conquest of 1066, English was replaced, for a time, as the language of the upper classes by Anglo-Norman, a relative of French. This is regarded as marking the end of the Old English era, as during this period the English language was heavily influenced by Anglo-Norman, developing into a phase known now as Middle English.



Notable people with the forename Watson include

Watson Parker was an American historian, author and academic. Parker, Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, specialized in the history of the Black Hills of South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2011 for his work.

Watson C. Squire American politician (Republican)

Watson Carvosso Squire was an American Civil War veteran, twelfth governor of Washington Territory, and United States Senator from the state of Washington.

Watson Cheyne British surgeon and bacteriologist

Sir William Watson Cheyne, 1st Baronet, was a Scottish surgeon and bacteriologist, who pioneered the use of antiseptic surgical methods in the United Kingdom.

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  1. "Watson Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution". forebears.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. "First name Watson - NamepediA". www.namepedia.org. Retrieved 2018-04-04.