Meaning and name origin
Watson \wa(t)-son\ as a boy's name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Watson is "son of Walter". Surname used as first name mainly in the 19th century. Literary: the name of Sherlock Holmes' sidekick. IBM founder Thomas Watson.
Watson is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#72 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Watson for boys. Watson reached its highest rank of #565 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).