Watson name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Watson

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  1. United States geneticist who (with Crick in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (born in 1928)
  2. United States psychologist considered the founder of behavioristic psychology (1878-1958)
  3. United States telephone engineer who assisted Alexander Graham Bell in his experiments (1854-1934)

From Wat +‎ -son.

  1. A northern English and Scottish patronymic surname​.
  2. Any character who acts as a catalyst for the detective protagonist's mental processes in a mystery story; a consciousness that is privy to facts in the case without being in on the conclusions drawn from them until the proper time. After William L. DeAndrea, discussing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Notable Persons Named Watson

Notable Persons Named Watson

Watson Brown

Watson was born on April 19th, 1950 in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Watson Nyambek

Watson was born on February 27th, 1976 in Miri, Malaysia.

Watson B. Duncan III

Watson B. Duncan III was a professor. Watson was born on February 16th, 1915 in Charleston, South Carolina. He passed away on February 21st, 1991.

Watson Fothergill

Watson was born on July 12th, 1841 in Linden, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield. Watson is also known as Watson and Fothergill (from 1892). He breathed his last breath on March 6th, 1928.

Watson Spoelstra

Watson Spoelstra was a sportswriter and sports journalism. Watson was born on April 5th, 1910 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Watson is also known as Waddy" Spoelstra. He breathed his last breath on July 20th, 1999.

Watson Parker

Watson was born in 1924 in South Dakota. He breathed his last breath on January 9th, 2013.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Watson

Notable Persons With the Last Name Watson

Emma Watson

Emma Watson is an actress, model, and activist. She was most prominent from 1999 to present. Emma was given the name Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson on April 15th, 1990 in Paris, France.

Emily Watson

Emily Watson is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1991. Emily was given the name Emily Margaret Watson on January 14th, 1967 in Islington.

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is a football player. Deshaun was born on September 14th, 1995 in Gainesville, Georgia.

James Watson

James Watson is a scientist in the field of genetics. James was given the name James Dewey Watson on April 6th, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

John B. Watson

John B. Watson was a scientist in the field of psychology. John was given the name John Broadus Watson on January 9th, 1878 in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. He passed away on September 25th, 1958.

Mary Jane Watson

Mary Jane Watson is a comics character.

  • John H. Watson
  • Tex Watson
  • Shane Watson
  • Thomas J. Watson
    Chairman and Ceo of Ibm 1914-1956
  • Bubba Watson
  • Paul Watson
  • Death of Tina Watson
  • Tom Watson
    For West Bromwich East
  • Percy Watson
  • Jessica Oyelowo
  • Doc Watson
  • Earl Watson
    Basketball Player
  • Heather Watson
  • Michael Watson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Watson U.S.
  White 66.03% 64.26%
  African American 27.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Watson

People with the last name Watson are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Watson

  • What name lists does Watson rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Watson? Watson is the 4,087th most popular name of all time. As a last name Watson was the 81st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Watson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,619 babies born with the first name Watson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Watson to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Watson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Watson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Watson is Monday, January 1st, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Watson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Watson was in 2019 with a total of 360 babies.
  • Random Watson Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Watson is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 1946.
  • Weird things about the name Watson: The name spelled backwards is Nostaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Stwoan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Watson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 252,579 people with the last name Watson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Watson? Watson was ranked as the 81st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Watson name meaning

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