Waters Family History

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Waters Name Meaning

English: patronymic from an altered form of the personal name Walter. English: variant of Water 2. Irish: when not the English surname, an Anglicized form of various Gaelic names taken to be derived from uisce ‘water’ (see for example Haskin, Hiskey, Tydings).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Water, Watters, Warters, Walters, Gates, Cater, Sayers, Matters

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Waters Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Waters name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Waters. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Waters Family Origin

Where is the Waters family from?

Waters Family Occupations

What did your Waters ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Waters occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Waters's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Waters family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Waters.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Waters ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Waters Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 443,000 census records available for the last name Waters. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Waters census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 51,000 immigration records available for the last name Waters. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 70,000 military records available for the last name Waters. For the veterans among your Waters ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Waters Life Expectancy

What is the average Waters lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Waters life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Waters in 1940 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Waters ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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