Watterson Family History

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Watterson Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: patronymic from an altered form of the personal name Walter. Compare Waterson.

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

Similar surnames: Catterson, Watters, Patterson, Waterson, Matteson, Waterston

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Watterson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Watterson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Watterson. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Watterson Family Origin

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Watterson Family Occupations

What did your Watterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Watterson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Watterson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Watterson family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Watterson.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Watterson Historical Records

What Watterson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Watterson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watterson 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Watterson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Watterson. For the veterans among your Watterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Watterson Life Expectancy

What is the average Watterson lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Watterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Watterson in 1950 was 52, and 65 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Watterson 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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