Weldan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Weldan reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Weldan family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Weldan family lived in Northamptonshire, at Weldon.
Early Origins of the Weldan family
The surname Weldan was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Weldon, and are conjecturally descended from Robert de Bucy, a Norman Baron who acquired Weldon, an ancient Roman villa, from Olaf, from King William for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
"The Tower, the manorial seat of the ancient family of Welton [in Northumberland], is fast going to decay; there are still remaining in tolerable preservation, two handsome rooms with Oriel windows. The Hall, an ancient mansion which, according to an inscription on the walls, was repaired in 1614, is still occupied." 
Welton is also a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire which literally means "farmstead by a spring or stream." 
Early History of the Weldan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weldan research. Another 30 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1362, 1583, 1648, 1676, 1736, 1649, 1603, 1650, 1650, 1676, 1736, 1676, 1674, 1713 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Weldan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Weldan 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 Weldon, Veldon, Velton and others.
Early Notables of the Weldan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Gilbert Welton (or Gilbert de Wilton), Bishop of Carlisle (1352-1362); Sir Anthony Weldon (1583-1648), an English 17th Century courtier and politician, purported author of "The Court and Character of King James I."; and John Weldon (1676-1736), an English composer.
Sir Anthony Weldon (d. 1649?), was an "English historical writer, of Swanscombe, Kent, descended from a younger branch of the family of Weltden of Northumberland. His father, Sir Ralph Weldon, knighted on 24 July 1603, was clerk of the Green Cloth to Queen Elizabeth and James I. His eldest...
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Migration of the Weldan family to Ireland
Some of the Weldan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Weldan family
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 Weldan name or one of its variants: William Weldon who settled in Virginia in 1619; another William Weldon who settled in Virginia in 1624; Ann Weldon settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774 with her children, Andrew, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Ann.
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The Weldan 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: Bene factum
Motto Translation: Benefits
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)