Waterman Family History
Waterman Name Meaning
English and Dutch: occupational name for a boatman or ferryman or a water carrier (the English name was perhaps sometimes synonymous with Middle English waterlader or waterberer denoting a man who carried fresh water from a spring or stream for drinking or domestic use) or a topographic name for someone who lived by a pond or stretch of water (see Water ). English: occupational name from the Middle English personal name Water or Walter + man meaning ‘servant of Wa(l)ter’. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Wassermann or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Wasserman .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press