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WATERS Family HistoryRecorded in many spellings including Water, Wharter, Wauter, the diminutives Wattie, Watha, Wathey, patronymics Waters, Watheys, Watters, and the residentials Atwater and Attwater, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname of great antiquity. It has two possible origins. The first and perhaps surprisingly most likely origin, has nothing whatsoever to do with 'water. It is a form of the male given name "Wauter", the medieval pronunciation of Walter, itself from the pre 7th century Old German name "Waldhar", meaning army-rule. This name was introduced into England by the Norman-French in 1066, and appears in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 as Walteri, whilst Waterus de Cantelupo was noted in the Danelaw for the county of Lincolnshire, in 1135...
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