The surname of WATERS was a locational name 'the dweller by the river or stream'. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. The name was also baptismal 'the son of Walter'. This English surname was taken to Scotland early . Records of the name mention John Water who was a tenant of Colthrop in the barony of Newlands in 1376. Patrick Watter in Aberdeen was documented in 1598, and was the burgess of the burgh. Adam Watter was recorded in Paxtoune in 1667. Edward Waterson and Jane Harrison were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1607. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. Waters is a sept of both Buchanan and Forbes Clans. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. The name is also spelt as Water and Waterson.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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