Family name origins & meanings
- English : patronymic from an altered form of the personal name Walter.
- English : variant of Water 2.
- Irish : when not the English surname, an Anglicized form of various Gaelic names taken to be derived from uisce ‘water’ (see for example Haskin, Hiskey, Tydings).
- James Waters came from London, England, to Salem, MA, in 1630. Lawrence Waters came to Charlestown, MA, from Lancaster, England, in 1675.