Welch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Welch family

The surname Welch was 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.

Early History of the Welch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welch research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1567, 1570, 1622, 1606, 1662, 1708, 1698, 1701, 1702, 1705, 1705, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Welch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Welch Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Welch family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Rev. Peter Walsh, who wrote "The Loyal Remonstrance." John Welch or Welsh (1570?-1622), was a Scottish Presbyterian divine, son of the laird of Collieston or Colliston, in the parish of Dunscore, Dumfriesshire. He was convicted of high treason and sentenced to death "but by the king's direction the sentence was commuted on...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Welch World Ranking

In the United States, the name Welch is the 240th most popular surname with an estimated 109,428 people with that name. [1] However, in Australia, the name Welch is ranked the 830th most popular surname with an estimated 4,730 people with that name. [2] And in New Zealand, the name Welch is the 539th popular surname with an estimated 1,297 people with that name. [3] The United Kingdom ranks Welch as 475th with 13,609 people. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Welch family to Ireland

Some of the Welch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Welch migration to the United States +

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 [5]
  • Morgan Welch, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Nicholas Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Daniell Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Gilbert Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Welch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jone Welch, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • Reuben Welch, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [5]
  • Jacob Welch, aged 21, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [5]
  • Hans Martin Welch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [5]
  • Peter Welch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Welch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nally Welch, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [5]
  • Edmond Welch, aged 47, who landed in Tennessee in 1812 [5]
  • Abraham Welch, who arrived in New York in 1834 [5]
  • Lawrence Welch, who arrived in Morgan County, Illinois in 1840 [5]
  • Robert Welch, aged 26, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Welch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Welch, who arrived in Alabama in 1918 [5]
  • Rudolph George Welch, who arrived in Alabama in 1919 [5]

Canada Welch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Welch, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. William Welch U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 428 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
  • Mr. Thom Welch Jr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Samuel Welch U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Samuel Welch U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
Welch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Welch, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Joseph Welch, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Robert Welch, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Catherine Welch, aged 45, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Jabin T Welch, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Welch migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Welch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Welch, (Welsh, Walsh), (b. 1778), aged 24, Irish convict who was convicted in Wicklow, Ireland for lif for being an Irish rebel , transported aboard the "Atlas" on 30th May 1802, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1861 [7]
  • Mr. John Welch, English convict who was convicted in Plymouth, Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" in May 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. James Welch, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 22nd September 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. George Welch, (Walsh, Welsh), (b. 1798), aged 21, English nail maker who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Charles Welch, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Welch Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • "Mrs. Jane Welch, (b. 1800), aged 28, Irish house maid from Drogheda who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 1 child aboard the ship and being pregnant" [12]

New Zealand Welch migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Welch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Delahey Welch, aged 46, a sempstress, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Edward Welch, aged 18, a butcher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Frances Welch, aged 15, a shoebinder, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Henry Welch, aged 26, a butcher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Mary Welch, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Welch (post 1700) +

  • Susan Welch (1943-2022), American political scientist, Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University (1991-2019), the longest serving dean in Penn State's history
  • John Francis "Jack" Welch Jr. (1935-2020), American business executive, author, and chemical engineer, Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001
  • 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
  • ... (Another 154 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Sidney C T Welch (b. 1918), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Littlehampton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Reginald A Welch (b. 1911), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Albert C W Welch (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Petworth, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Stanley Welch, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John W. Welch, British Stoker Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Frank Welch Jr., American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [16]


The Welch 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: Auspice numine
Motto Translation: Under divine direction


Suggested Readings for the name Welch +

  • 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.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  4. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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