Watson Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Watson Family History

If you are conducting some Watson family history research then you can view the Watson coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Watson surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Watson in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Mac Bhaididh Sept whose name was also anglicized as MacWhatty, MacWatt and MacQuatt. The name was also brought into the Province of Ulster by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Watson Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Engrailed Line/Invecked Line Signifies Earth or Land
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'
Martlet One who has been disposessed of land. Sign for fourth son. In Ireland the Martlett was the bird of perpetual movement
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity
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