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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
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 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 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 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 United States in the 20th Century
- James Welch, who arrived in Alabama in 1918
- Rudolph George Welch, who arrived in Alabama in 1919
Welch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Thomas Welch, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Welch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Welch, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
- Joseph Welch, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
- Robert Welch, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- Catherine Welch, aged 45, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- Jabin T Welch, who arrived in Canada in 1834
Welch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Welch, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Robert Argyle Welch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
- Thomas Welch, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Peter Welch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary White" in 1844
- Elizabeth Welch, aged 55, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849
Welch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Delahey Welch, aged 46, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Edward Welch, aged 18, a butcher, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Frances Welch, aged 15, a shoebinder, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Henry Welch, aged 26, a butcher, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Mary Welch, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Walter Wilbert Welch (1918-2015), American pastor and educator
- Tahnee Welch (b. 1961), American actress, known for her roles in Cocoon (1985), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and Cocoon: The Return (1988), daughter of Rachel Welch
- General Larry D. Welch (b. 1934), the 12th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
- Edward J. Welch (1922-2014), American research chemist for DuPont who developed Silverstone, a non-stick plastic coating for cooking materials
- Christopher Evan Welch (1965-2013), American stage, film and voice actor
- Jack Welch (1905-1985), American illustrator, best known for his cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post
- Edward F. Welch Jr. (1924-2008), American rear admiral of the United States Navy, President of the Naval War College
- Carolyn Welch (b. 1929), American bronze medalist figure skater at the 1947 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
- Robert Lynn "Bob" Welch (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher
- Gillian Welch (b. 1967), American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter
- 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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