Updated June 9, 2019

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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.