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Gender: M Pronunciation: a diminutive of Walter Meaning of Watson: "powerful warrior" Origin of Watson: English and Scottish

What with the resurgence of W names like Weston and Walter, the prominence of high profile actress Emma and golfer Bubba, and even the attention paid to Watson, the IBM computer on "Jeopardy" (named for IBM's founder, Thomas Watson) this name could be in line for a revival of its own.

Watson is the 20th most common surname in Scotland, and among the earliest emigrants to the Virginia Colony from England was John Watson in 1635. Later noted bearers of the surname include Alexander Graham Bell's telephone experiment partner Thomas A. Watson ("Mr. Watson--come here!"), James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, and actress Emily. Two well known Watsons in fiction are Sherlock Holmes's accomplice, Dr (John) Watson, and Spider-Man's love interest, Mary Jane. All in all: a name with a varied and fascinating heritage.

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Famous People Named Watson

Watson McLean Washburn, American tennis player
(Lester) Watson Brown, American football player and coach
Watson Parker, American historian and author
James Dewey Watson, American molecular biologist who co-discovered the structure of DNA

Pop Culture References for the Name Watson

John Hamish Watson, associate of Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle
Watson, IBM computer who won "Jeopardy!"
Watson Brewer, father in Ann M. Martin's "The Baby-Sitters Club" and "Baby-Sitter's Little Sister" series

Watkins, Watsen, Watterkinson, Wattson

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