Watts family page
This family name first appeared in Jersey at the end of the 17th century
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Origins of surname
This surname was introduced into both England and Scotland by the Normans in the form Wattier or Wautier a compound of the Germanic elements wald, meaning 'to rule' and heri- an army.
Francois Watts, from England (we suspect he was Francis, but adopted the local spelling for his wedding record) married Marie Hamon, daughter of Nicolas, in St Lawrence in 1690. Their five children were baptised in St Helier between 1691 and 1699.
James and Anne Kitchin really set the ball rolling for the Watts family in Jersey, with 12 children baptised between 1710 and 1731.
- Descendants of Robert Watts
- Descendants of Stephen Watts
- Descendants of James Watts
- Descendants of James Watts and Ann Kitchin
Prominent family members
Great War service
- Robert Watts was a soap maker at 34 King Street in the 1830s, followed by Joseph Watts, a tallow chandler, in the 1840s
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