Show ContentsWelden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Welden family

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]

Welton is also a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire which literally means "farmstead by a spring or stream." [2]

Early History of the Welden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welden 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 Welden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Welden 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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Ireland Migration of the Welden family to Ireland

Some of the Welden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Welden migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Peter Welden, who landed in Virginia in 1645 [3]
  • Antho Welden, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • John Welden, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [3]
Welden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catha Welden, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [3]

Canada Welden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Welden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

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

The Welden 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

  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)
  3. ^ 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) on Facebook