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The name Welby arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Welby family lived in Lincolnshire, in the parish of Welby.

Welby Early Origins



The surname Welby was first found in Lincolnshire at Welby, a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district, historically in the union of Grantham, wapentake of Aswardhurn. The place name was first listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 at Wellebi [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "farmstead or village by a spring or stream," from the Old English word "wella" + the Old Scandinavian word "by." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
A far as the surname is concerned, while there is no doubt the family came from this local, there is question about the original progenitor. One reference cites that John, the Lord of Castleton, around the time of William Conqueror's invasion of England in 1066 A.D. and another cites Sir Thomas Welby, who held the manor of Frieston with Poynton Hall c. 1216. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Sir William Welby was also listed as possessing property between 1307 and 1327. He married the heiress of Multon of Multon and that became the principal family seat until the end of the 16th century. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Welby Spelling Variations


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Welby Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Welbey, Welby, Welbie, Welbye and others.

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Welby Early History


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Welby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welby research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1307, 1574, 1638, 1397, 1471, 1492, 1561 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Welby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Welby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Wilbye (c.1574-1638), an English madrigal composer; several of the name who were Sherriffs of Lincolnshire, beginning with Roger Welby in 1397; followed by Richard Welby in...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welby In Ireland


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Welby In Ireland



Some of the Welby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Welby name or one of its variants:

Welby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Welby, who settled in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Alice Welby who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Alice Welby, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Welby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Welby, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Welby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Welby (post 1700)



  • Sian Welby (b. 1986), English television presenter, best known for her work with Channel 5, ITV and Channel 4
  • Justin Portal Welby (b. 1956), English cleric, the 105th and current Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Alfredo Welby (1910-1998), Italian professional footballer
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alfred Cholmeley Earle Welby KBE, JP (1849-1937), British Conservative politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Taunton from 1895 until 1906
  • Thomas Welby, Irish politician, Mayor of County Galway (2012-2013)
  • Piergiorgio Welby (1945-2006), Italian poet, painter and activist
  • Sir William Earle Welby -Gregory (1829-1898), 4th Baronet, a British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Grantham (1857-1868)
  • Lieutenant Sir William Earle Welby (1768-1852), 2nd Baronet, a British land-owner, baronet and Member of Parliament for Grantham from 1807 to 1820
  • Sir William Earle Welby (1734-1815), 1st Baronet, a British land-owner, baronet and Member of Parliament for Grantham from 1802 to 1806
  • Sir Charles Glynne Earle Welby CB (1865-1938), 5th Baronet, a British civil servant and Conservative Party politician
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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: Sorte contentus
Motto Translation: Content with one’s lot.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Welby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welby 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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