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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (chiefly Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Midlands) : topographic name for someone who lived in a house by a stretch of water or perhaps a moated house, from Middle English water ‘water’ + hous ‘house’.
  • Richard Waterhouse, a tanner from Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Portsmouth, NH, in 1669.

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