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Watts family page

This family name first appeared in Jersey at the end of the 17th century

Archibald Grant Watts, son of Henry William and Matilda Jane Grant, was born in Jersey in 1896 and died on 5 June 1916, when serving on HMS Hampshire, off the Orkney Islands

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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.

Early records

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.


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