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About the Watterson surname

origin

One Watterson surname (the only one?) originated on the Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea. The people from there are called Manx.

From the Manx DNA Project:

Watterson

Hg R1b: Celtic origin: Defining Y-SNP: R-L21>DF13>FGC5496

The earliest surviving documentary record of this name on the Island was from 1417. Early forms of the name were 'Wauterson/Waterson/Kodhere/Codere' and it was believed to mean 'Son of Walter.' Y-DNA testing up to 111 markers has been such that the ancestral haplotype has been identified. This name is unique to the Isle of Man and is not formed elsewhere. Y-DNA testing and analysis shows that this male line belongs to Haplogroup R1b and the lowest level Y-SNP identifiable is R-L21>DF13>FGC5496. Analysis suggests that the patriarchs of this male line, before they arrived on the Isle of Man, lived in Celtic Britain

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