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Origin: Welsh

Coat of Arms: Black with a chevron between three spearheads.

Crest: A dragon's head.

Motto: Pen-aur-y-chalon Wir.

Motto Translated: A golden head and true heart.

WATKINS (British) "From water"
Watkins - Welsh coat of arms
English Origins:
 Blazon Of Arms:
Azure a fesse between three leopards faces jessant-de- lis* (crest) (source: Burk's General Armory, pg.10820)

The leopard swallowing a Flerr-de-llis* signifies the lion of the English arms swallowing the lily of the French coat. This represented Edward lll victorious campaigns in France.

Watkins - English
Azure(blue) is said to denote Loyalty

The leopards heads are said to represent a valiant and hardy warrior.

Vitae via virtus or translated:
Virtue is the Way of Life
First found in Breconshire, where they were seated at Pennoyre from ancient times and early in the eleventh century branched to Llangorse in that same shire.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Henry Watkins who was a fisherman of Little Harbour in Twillingate Newfoundland in 1814; Peregrine Watkines settled in Virginia in 1621; Evan Watkins settled in Virginia in 1622.
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Direct Descendants of Andrew I Watkins
    1      Andrew I Watkins    b: Abt. 1653 of Roxbury, Suffolk, MA    d: Bef. March 1710/11           
*        +Elizabeth    b: Abt. 1655 of Roxbury, Suffolk, MA               
    2      Andrew II Watkins    b: April 11, 1686 Roxbury, Suffolk, MA               
****        +Mary Streeter    b: Abt. 1688 of Cambridge, MA               
***    3      Benjamin Watkins    b: July 16, 1719 Needham, Norfolk, MA               
*******        +Mary Clemmons    b: Abt. 1729 of Middlesex Co, MA               
******    4      Elias Sr Watkins    b: February 24, 1754 Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA    d: 1813 Chester, Windsor, VT           
*********        +Rebecca Larrabee    b: October 25, 1761 Groton or Shirley, Middlesex, MA               
*********    5      Lyman Watkins    b: December 29, 1783 Chester, Winsor, VT    d: Aft. 1850 Pleasantville, PA           
************        +Abigail Jordon    b: February 20, 1785 Brookline, Norfolk, MA    d: of Allegany twp, Crawford Co, PA    Father: Josiah Jordon    Mother: Abigail Farrar   
************    6      Josiah Jordon Watkins    b: February 25, 1826 Batavia, Genessee, NY    d: January 27, 1893 Ellington, Chautauqua, NY           
***************        +Eliza Benedict    b: May 07, 1835 Pleasantville, Venango, PA    d: March 18, 1906 Ellington, Chautauqua, NY    Father: Alvin Benedict    Mother: Julia Thompson   
***************    7      Alice Evelyn Watkins    b: May 30, 1853 Pleasantville, Venango Co, PA    d: September 11, 1930 Lebouf twp, Erie Co, PA - age 77           
******************        +Ira Day Hoag    b: November 05, 1849 Ellington, Chautauqua, NY    d: December 03, 1935 of R. D. #1 Mill Village, PA  in 1930    Father: Warren Jr Hoag    Mother: Almira H. Day   
******************    8      William Warren Hoag    b: July 18, 1877 Ellington, Chautauqua Co, NY    d: August 15, 1960 City of Erie, Erie Co, PA           
*********************        +Nellie Mae St. John    b: September 27, 1897 Union City, Erie Co, PA    d: February 28, 1989 Erie,  Erie Co, PA    Father: Warren A. St. John    Mother: Rose Arvilla Dumars   
********************    9      Ethel Mae Hoag    b: February 10, 1922 Wheelertown, Fort Le Boeuf,  Erie Co, PA               
************************        +Rodney (Pete) Carl Matteson    b: November 11, 1903 Spring Creek Twp, Warren Co, PA    d: December 23, 1990 Erie, Erie Co, PA- buried at Wattsburg, PA Cemetery    Father: John William Matteson    Mother: Bertha Leonette Muzzy   
***********************    10      Betty Jean Matteson    b: Corry Memorial Hosp Corry, Erie Co Pa.   
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Spelling variations include: Watkins, Watkyns, Watkens, Watkin and others.