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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Welch family come from? What is the Scottish Welch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Welch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Welch family history?

The Welch surname is derived from the Old English "welisc," meaning "foreigner."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Walsh, Welsh, Welch, Walch and others.

First found in Roxburghshire, where John Walshe was a juror on an inquest in 1360. A John Walch was listed as a tenant of the earl of Douglas, in the Barony of Kylbouho in 1376.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welch research. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1567, 1662, 1708, 1698, 1701, 1702, 1705, 1705, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Welch History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Welch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welch Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Morgan Welch, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Nicholas Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Daniell Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Gilbert Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Welch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jone Welch, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Reuben Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Jacob Welch, aged 21, landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Hans Martin Welch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Peter Welch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742

Welch Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Nally Welch, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Edmond Welch, aged 47, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • Abraham Welch, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Lawrence Welch, who arrived in Morgan County, Illinois in 1840
  • Robert Welch, aged 26, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840

Welch Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • James Welch, who arrived in Alabama in 1918
  • Rudolph George Welch, who arrived in Alabama in 1919


  • Adonijah Welch (1821-1889), American politician
  • C. David Welch (b. 1953), former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs of the United States
  • Bob Welch (1946-2012), American musician, former member of Fleetwood Mac
  • General Larry D. Welch (b. 1934), the 12th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • Thomas Bramwell Welch (1825-1903), the discoverer of the pasteurization process to prevent the fermentation of grape juice
  • Raquel Welch (b. 1940), born Jo Raquel Tejada, American Golden Globe winning actress, author and sex symbol in the 70s
  • Gillian Welch (b. 1967), American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter
  • Robert Lynn "Bob" Welch (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher
  • Carolyn Welch (b. 1929), American bronze medalist figure skater at the 1947 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
  • Edward F. Welch Jr. (1924-2008), American rear admiral of the United States Navy, President of the Naval War College



  • The Tishomingo County Connecti.
  • : History of Skinner-Welch, Adams-Seago and Allied Families of Tishomingo County, Mississippi by Esther Welch Adams.
  • The Welsh (also Welch) Family from the Revolution to the Bicentennial, 1776-1976 by Mrs. Berne Chamberlin.
  • Welch by Jeff D. Welch.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auspice numine
Motto Translation: Under divine direction


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The Welch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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