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The name Welden came to England with the ancestors of the Welden family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Welden family lived in Northamptonshire, at Weldon.

Welden Early Origins



The surname Welden 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Welton is also a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire which literally means "farmstead by a spring or stream." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Welden Spelling Variations


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Welden Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Weldon, Veldon, Velton and others.

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Welden Early History


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Welden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welden research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1362, 1583, 1648, 1676, 1736 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Welden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Welden Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welden In Ireland


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Welden In Ireland



Some of the Welden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Welden or a variant listed above:

Welden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Welden, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Peter Welden, who landed in Virginia in 1645
  • Antho Welden, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • John Welden, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Welden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catha Welden, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787

Welden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Welden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Contemporary Notables of the name Welden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Welden (post 1700)



  • Ben Welden (1901-1997), American character actor who frequently played a gangster in movies and television shows; he appeared in over 120 films between 1930 and 1966
  • Oliver Welden (b. 1946), Chilean award-winning poet from Santiago
  • Franz Ludwig Baron von Welden (1780-1853), Austrian army officer, Commander-in-Chief of the Austrian artillery

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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: Bene factum
Motto Translation: Benefits


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Welden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welden 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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