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This very English surname is from one of the most popular medieval given names, "Watt", a short form of the name "Walter". The latter was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, in the form "Watt(i)er", or "Waut(i)er", and is composed of the Germanic elements "wald", meaning "rule", and "heri" or "hari", army. The surname could also be of Scottish origin, from the same source, and the earliest recording of the surname in Scotland is of one Walter Wat who held land in Brechin in 1586. The personal name was first recorded as "Wat of Carnegy" in the Episcopal Register of Brechin in 1446...

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